26 January 2015 // Archives

TREASURY RESTARTS 90-DAY COUNTDOWN FOR SAA NETWORK REVIEW

THE National Treasury has granted South African Airways three more months to develop further proposals on its network structure, fleet strategy and cost structure in return for the R6.5-billion debt guarantee it approved last week. The department also wants ...
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FLYSAFAIR COMMITS MORE CHEAP SEATS UNTIL JULY

FLYSAFAIR is making 20,000 more ‘cheap seats’ available for travel between February and July, a direct result of lower jet fuel prices. Those lowest-price fares are available across its route network. The carrier’s pricing policy is based on “passengers ...
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FRANCE QUICKENS TOURIST VISA TURNAROUND TIMES

FRENCH consulates are speeding up short-stay visitor’s visa application process, part of a global campaign to promote tourism to France, which was initiated after the Paris terrorist attacks. Applicants holding a South African passport who apply with all required ...
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SA TOURISM STREAMLINES INDABA MEETINGS PROCESS

HOSTED and non-hosted buyer applications for South African Tourism’s annual Tourism Indaba have opened, with more than 400 exhibitors so far signed up to participate in this year’s event. INDABA 2015 returns this year as a two-day even, being ...
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WTM AFRICA CHASES INCREASED BUSINESS FOR EXHIBITORS IN 2015

REGISTRATION for the 2015 World Travel Market Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from April 15 – 17 opened last week, with organisers aiming to better last year’s visitor numbers and the direct business generated for ...
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CONCERN MOUNTS OVER IMPLEMENTATION OF HOME AFFAIRS’ NEW REQUIREMENTS

JO Meintjes of Jo Meintjes Travel, Johannesburg and a South African permanent resident has warned other residents to obtain original resident authorization certificates before planning to travel out of the country. She has begun the process of applying ...
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2014 EXPECTED TO BE RECORD YEAR FOR CAPE TOWN

CAPE Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town expect visitor arrival numbers for 2014 could exceed 1.5-million. Statistics released by Cape Town International Airport at the start of this year show a 3.4 percent increase in arrivals in ...
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SA’S FIRST OPEN ACCESS ARRIVALS LOUNGE IN DEVELOPMENT AT OR TAMBO

MENZIES Aviation will open South Africa’s first open access arrivals lounge at OR Tambo International Airport in April. The Sesfikile Premium Arrivals Lounge will be open to walk-in travellers, regardless of airline or travel booking class, as well as ...
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> The City Lodge Hotel Group has opened a new 149-room hotel at the entrance to the Waterfall City mixed-use development in Midrand, the City Lodge Hotel Waterfall City. Work on the new development cost around R130-million. It is the 16th City Lodge-branded hotel and the group’s first new property to open in South Africa since 2010.

> Travel Counsellors’ roadshow visits Pretoria tomorrow, January 27; Johannesburg on January 28 and Cape Town on February 2. To register: beinspired@travelcounsellors.co.za or call 021 300 1812.

> TravelPeople’s First Class Africa product workshop takes place at the Mount Nelson in Cape Town on February 11. Sessions begin at 09h00 and 13h00. Exhibitors include 54 on Bath Hotel, Aquila Private Game Reserve, Beverley Hills Hotel (KZN), the Hannah Lodge in Limpopo, Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges and others. To register: louise@travelpeople.co.za

> Airlink will operate a new schedule between Durban and Maputo from February 16. Same day return flights will operate on Tuesday and Thursday, departing Durban at 06h45 And 16h00 and Maputo at 08h30 and 17h35. Midmorning flights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday depart Durban at 10h10 and Maputo at 11h45.

> Airlink will also increase capacity between Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg from February 16, with an extra afternoon flight, Monday to Friday. Flights between Nelspruit and Johannesburg are being timed to operate early morning and late afternoon.

> Trafalgar’s Europe & Britain 2015 early payment promotion, providing savings of 10 percent, expires on January 30. Combinable with friends & family (five – eight passengers) and frequent traveller discounts of five percent. A rand price guarantee has been applied for all 2015 tours for the remainder of the year.

> Qantas’ first upgraded international Airbus A330 is now operating Melbourne – Singapore. New features include lie-flat business suites.

> Lufthansa will operate its new helicopter transfer service from Munich until the end of April. Timed for ski season, transfers can be chartered to points such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zillertal, Kitzbühel, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental.

> World Leisure Holidays has all-inclusive four-night packages at the three-star Mapenzi Beach Club in Zanzibar with accommodation in a Superior Garden View room and flights ex-JNB with Mango Airlines and transfers from R14,120 per adult sharing. Seven nights from R18,470.

> The Africa Hotel Investment Forum returns to Addis Ababa in 2015, taking place at the Sheraton Hotel from September 30 – October 1.

> Paul Braun, Managing Director of Independent Travel Solutions, has retired after a 42-year career in the travel industry. ITS represented Abbey Tours Ireland and Scotland, Arlymear Travel Thailand and Mansley Travel Apartments in London and Singapore, which will be making alternative arrangements to market in South Africa.

> The Taj Cape Town has appointed Belinda Morrison as Leisure Sales Manager and Kevin Rowlands as Banqueting Manger.

> Reed Exhibitions has appointed Nick Pilbeam as Travel Divisional Director.

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