27 July 2015 // Archives

ASATA BOOSTS  PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN WITH NEW RESOURCES FOR MEMBERS

THE ASSOCIATION of Southern African Travel Agents has boosted its consumer awareness drive with a new campaign to help ‘demystify’ the complexities of travel in the mind of the consumer. New marketing resources for ASATA members have been ...
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TOURISM RESULTS UNDER PRESSURE FROM NEW IMMIGRATION RULES

THE TOURISM Business Council of South Africa said last week its members were taking strain, with significantly worse results than expected in the second quarter. The association blamed new immigration legislation, including biometric requirements for foreign visa applicants ...
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SAA EXECUTIVE QUITS CITING COMPROMISED INTEGRITY

SOUTH African Airways chief strategy officer, Barry Parsons, has resigned, reportedly saying he had “lost all confidence in the board”, claiming it was “dysfunctional” and had “compromised integrity”. He added he could not reconcile the board’s priorities with ...
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CRUISES INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES FULLY-INCLUSIVE FLY-CRUISE PACKAGES

CRUISES International is promoting new all-inclusive fly-cruise packages, combining select Crystal Cruises itineraries and Lufthansa flights. In some cases transfers are also included. Passengers can opt for itineraries out of Istanbul, Athens, Venice, Monte Carlo, Lisbon or Marseilles, as ...
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MSC CRUISES INTRODUCES NEW CLUB REWARDS PROGRAMME

MSC Cruises has launched its new global rewards programme in South Africa, with savings and benefits for all new local and international reservations. Registration is free and members and subscribers will be rewarded according to the cabin category booked ...
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STA TRAVEL EMPLOYEE SCOOPS RISING STAR AWARD

STA Travel employee, Amy Mortlock, has placed first in the 2015 Standard Bank Rising Star Awards’ Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality category. The awards are geared at showcasing young talent. The other finalists in the tourism category were: Fanie Meintjies, ...
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QANTAS TRIMS SA SCHEDULE TO ADD SAN FRANCISCO

QANTAS will drop its Wednesday flight from the current daily Johannesburg – Sydney timetable, effective February 3. The change is to free up capacity for the launch of a new Sydney – San Francisco service, beginning December 18. The ...
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> Beachcomber will waive greens fees at Paradis and Dinarobin for golfers with a handicap of 54 or lower until September 30.

> Oceania Cruises is promoting agent rates for select 2016 summer sailings to European and North American destinations out of Seattle, Vancouver, Miami, Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Monte Carlo. Priced from US$75 pp per day. Bookings must be confirmed by the end of September.

> Dreams is expanding its destinations, including Namibia and the Eastern Mediterranean. It has published new brochures to help agents sell the new products. The Eastern Mediterranean programme features Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

> Agents have until September 30 to complete Abu Dhabi’s online training course to be considered for the first familiarisation tour. Brochures, sales material, images and video content are available through the website: https://Discoverabudhabi.tcaabudhabi.ae

> Qantas will be restructuring its international tariffs so that the fuel surcharge is absorbed into the base fare. The changes will apply and reflect in GDS systems from July 31.

> The Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from today (Monday) until August 9.

> Etihad Airways’ Johannesburg office has moved to new premises in Sandton, on the sixth floor of the Ernst & Young building on Rivonia Road.

> Holiday Inn Resorts is promoting a 35 percent saving on accommodation at its resorts in Bali, Phuket and the Maldives, valid for stays until December 19. IHG Rewards members receive an extra five percent off. ‘Kids stay and eat free’ deals are also available.

> Etihad Airways and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have committed US$1.25-million to develop business in key international markets, including South Africa.

> Jacky Maulgue has returned to Protea Hotels and will serve as Regional Sales Manager Gauteng (Corporate) from August 3. Gareth Venner has been promoted to Group International Sales Manager.

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