18 August 2014 // Archives

 NEW IMMIGRATION RULES THREATEN SCHEDULES SAY AIRLINES

THE JOINT appeal by 20 regional and international airlines to Home Affairs for a halt to pending changes to South African immigration rules has highlighted the threat to foreign visitor arrivals and even air transport links into the ...
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GULF STATES GREEN LIGHT NEW MULTIPLE-ENTRY VISA

A MULTIPLE-ENTRY cruise visa for Gulf Cooperation Council member countries, under discussion for the past several years, is being prepared for implementation. The new policy took effect on August 1 and will alleviate inconvenience and cost implications for tourists ...
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BOOKINGS OPEN FOR FLYSAFAIR’S THIRD CAPE TOWN ROUTE

LOCAL low-cost airline, FlySafair, will introduce scheduled services between Cape Town and George from November 13. It is the third route for the new carrier, which starts operations in October. FlySafair will launch on October 16 with flights between ...
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BIDTRAVEL LAUNCHES NEW RETAIL BOOKING SITE

AFRICA’S largest travel group, BidTravel, will launch its first above-the-line consumer marketing drive for its new online booking site, Webjet.co.za, this week. The exclusively online brand is targeting leisure travellers with packaged breaks, hotel, flight, insurance and car ...
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LOCALS RANK CONNECTIVITY OVER COMFORT IN NEW AIRPORT SURVEY

THE overwhelming majority of local travellers wish to see free and unlimited Wi-Fi service introduced at South African international airports, along with sleeping areas, according to the results of a new survey conducted by online travel agency, Travelstart. The ...
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THE TRAVEL CORPORATION REMEMBERS FORMER TRAFALGAR MD

THE Travel Corporation has paid tribute to former Managing Director, Gawie Roussouw, after his death earlier this month. Mr. Roussouw spent 22 years with the company, primarily responsible for the development of Trafalgar Tours, its flagship brand, in ...
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DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 TRAVEL INDUSTRY CHARITY EVENT

ORGANISERS of the annual Cape Town Travel Industry Charity Event, now in its tenth year, have appealed for support for this year’s fundraiser, themed ‘TICE making a difference’ to mark the special anniversary. The event will be held ...
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> Etihad’s business and economy fare sale ends August 22. Pearl Business Class fares, including taxes, to Mumbai available from R16,461; to London from R30,864 and Bangkok from R25,890. Economy to Mumbai from R5,292 or Amsterdam from R6,945. Valid for travel until November 30.

> The Maldives roadshow, arranged by Exclusive Serenity, will run from August 25 – 28. Workshops will take place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. To register: alex@exclusive-serenity.com

> Etihad Airways has introduced a luxury chauffeur service for all premium class passengers travelling to and from their accommodation within 100 kilometres of OR Tambo airport. Book 24 hours in advance.

> Silversea is refurbishing all 100 suites and the Explorer Lounge onboard its expeditions ship, the Silver Galapagos. Work will take around a month to complete before the ship resumes its Saturday to Saturday, seven-day voyages through the Galapagos Islands.

> Registration is still open for Travel Counsellors’ countrywide roadshow, visiting Durban on August 24, Pretoria August 26, Johannesburg August 27, Bloemfontein August 28, Port Elizabeth September 1 and Cape Town on September 2. To register: bethefuture@travelcounsellors.co.za / 021 300 1810.

> African Hotels and Adventures has reopened Camp 1 at its Makalali Private Game Lodge following flood damage to the property in March this year. Camp 2 and Camp 3 are scheduled to reopen in September. New room interiors, wooden decks, pool furniture, curio shop and a boma have also been added at Camp 1, about 60 kilometres from Hoedspruit.

> Singapore Airlines will introduce a daily Airbus A380 service on its Auckland route from October 27.

> City Sightseeing has launched a new Yellow Downtown Tour, departing from Long Street. Passengers can combine the tour when travelling along the operator’s Red City Route, which stops in Long Street but also takes passengers to Table Mountain.

> Buhala Lodge Kruger Park and golf lodge is adding eight new rooms and entertainment areas, available from November 1.

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