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HOME AFFAIRS TO REDUCE AIRPORT CONGESTION

THE Department of Home Affairs is to implement a Festive Season Intervention Plan to ease congestion and delays at airports during the peak holiday period. TBCSA CEO, Mmatšatši Ramawela, said that although the full details were yet to be ...
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NEW LUFTHANSA FLIGHTS BANK ON MARKET GROWTH

LUFTHANSA’S first flight in its new direct year-round schedule from Cape Town left last Saturday for Frankfurt. The route will be operated three times weekly, bringing the total number of weekly flights from South Africa to 24 during the ...
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KULULA INTRODUCES SHORT-TERM FARE FREEZE

KULULA has introduced a price freeze payment facility to reduce immediate online fare fluctuations. Instead of paying for a booking immediately, customers hold the booking for up to 24 hours, giving them time to confirm plans with family or ...
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UK URGED TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO SHARM EL SHEIKH

THE World Travel & Tourism Council and World Tourism Organization have called on the UK government to lift its ban on UK-based airlines flying to Sharm el Sheikh, a move which has devastated Egyptian tourism. The resort is ...
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MACHINES THREATEN TRAVEL AGENT ROLE

THE latest attempt by Thomson in the UK to create a virtual travel agent has raised the prospect of machines taking over the booking process. But travel firms insist the human touch will always be  in demand. Thomson parent Tui has ...
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THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY IS HERE TO STAY

RESEARCH conducted by Contiki has revealed that young people value experiences over material goods and the trend is getting stronger in post-millennials, those born after 1995. Contiki surveyed more than 5,000 18-35 year-olds around the world, producing its No ...
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TIR Spotted

CONGRATULATIONS to Candice Giloi, from True Blue Surf & Island Travel, who was spotted reading TIR in front of the highest waterfall in Mauritius. Candice wins an American Tourister Lightrax suitcase, valued at R1,999!

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TIR readers have the chance of winning great prizes from leading luggage specialist, American Tourister, by entering the Spotted with TIR competition each month. Just send photos of yourself reading a copy of TIR in interesting places, to dominic@tir.co.za.

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• Trafalgar is offering return flights for R4,500 with every booking made for a 2017 Europe and Britain summer departure, until December 15. The Fly for R4,500 deal is not combinable with an early payment discount and excludes the Eastern Mediterranean. www.trafalgar.com

• Insight Vacations bookings made for a 15-day or longer European trip in the new 2017 brochure will qualify for a free return flight. Bookings require a R3,000 deposit within seven days of booking, balance due by December 31.

• SAA has identified a recruitment scam inviting applications for its cabin crew training programme. There is currently no recruitment nor training programme at SAA.

An all-new Standard Bank lounge has opened for domestic travellers at OR Tambo, with two more set to open mid-December. The entry-level lounge, ConnectionHub, has high-speed Wi-Fi and power points. CaféBlue provides snacks and beverages and the premium LibraryLounge features higher-level catering and a more upmarket environment.

• Great Plains Conservation has two new camps in the Duba Plains concession of the Okavango Delta. The rebuilt Duba Plains Camp will open on March 1 and the recently opened Duba Expedition Camp will remain as a permanent, second camp in the concession.

• Texas has reported the first likely case of locally transmitted Zika, becoming only the second continental US state to do so, after Florida. There are currently no other suspected cases in the state but health authorities are to step up measures to stop any possible spread.

• SWISS economy class travellers now have the option of obtaining access, with a Lounge Voucher, to the business lounges. Passengers can also pre-purchase vouchers for wireless internet aboard the carrier’s Boeing 777s. They can be obtained on www.swiss.com.

• Qatar Airways is adding Las Vegas to its US flight network from next year. It will become the 11th US destination for the carrier and is part of a planned global expansion to eight new cities including Canberra, Dublin, Medan, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tabuk and Yanbu.

• Cathay Pacific recently unveiled its revamped first and business class lounge at London Heathrow. It will officially open its doors on Wednesday. The relaunch of the London lounge is part of a global project, which has seen recent lounge openings in Bangkok, Tokyo, Manila, Taipei and Vancouver.

• Reed Exhibitions is to renew its partnership with SATSA ahead of WTM Africa 2017. It is part of WTM Africa’s plan to assist emerging small businesses with exposure to global buyers.

The inaugural 2016 Cheapflights Travel Awards winners have been named: Best Airport: OR Tambo International; Best Airline Lounge: Emirates at Cape Town International; Best Local Airline: South African Airways; Best Airline in Africa: Air Namibia; Best International Airline: Emirates; Best Car Hire: Avis; Best Hotel Chain: Tsogo Sun; Best Independent/City Boutique Hotel: One & Only Cape Town; Best Attraction/Experience: Table Mountain; Best Safari/Lodge Experience: Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Best Wine Farm Experience: Spier in Stellenbosch.

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