24 November 2014 // Archives

AGENTS WARN AGAINST GOVERNMENT THREAT TO EMIRATES’ FOURTH FLIGHT

RETAILERS have warned withdrawal of Emirates’ fourth daily frequency from Johannesburg would have serious consequences for their business and customers’ travel arrangements, particularly if any change is implemented over the upcoming holiday period. This followed the Department of ...
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INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED TO RESOLVE SAA CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S SUSPENSION

THE Department of Public Enterprises has briefed parliament on progress to resolve the now weeks-long dispute between the board at South African Airways and the airline’s Chief Executive, Monwabisi Kalawe, who is still barred from returning to work, ...
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SAA, VIRGIN AUSTRALIA ADD NEW BENEFITS FOR FREQUENT FLYERS

SOUTH African Airways and Virgin Australia have signed a new reciprocal frequent flyer agreement, giving both Velocity and Voyager members the ability to earn and burn points across both airlines’ networks. The agreement will be applied early in the ...
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SOUTHERN AFRICA LEADS GLOBAL RESPONSE TO CABFORCE BOOKING APP

TRAVELPORT’S new Cabforce app has been downloaded in South Africa and Namibia more times than in any other part of the world, generating more revenue for subscribers but also cost savings for customers. Developed by Travelport’s Developer Network, the ...
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FOOD FESTIVAL HEADLINES DUBAI EVENT LINE UP IN 2015

THE Dubai Food Festival, a 22-day programme of events, will return next year, from February 6 – 28. It is part of a wider strategy by tourism officials in the emirate to develop a year-round programme of city-wide ...
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> Beachcomber is promoting savings on seven-night packages for travel to Mauritius over December. Valid for select departures, discounts include up to 30 percent savings on room rates and beverage vouchers for five-star resorts.

> Nominations have opened for the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards. That process is due to conclude on May 15. There are nine categories, with a new award for tour operators being introduced this year. Voting ends May 31 with the awards ceremony set to take place on October 9. For details: www.lilizela.co.za.

> The first phase of the new Dubai Tram transport project has been completed. The 10.6-kilometre track winds through Al Sufouh, the Dubai Marina and Jumeriah Beach Residence, also serving Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village and The Palm Jumeirah.

> Insight Vacations’ early payment promotion for its North America programme with savings of 10 percent ends November 27.

> SWISS will invest billions of Swiss francs into its ‘Next Generation Airline of Switzerland’ project to acquire new aircraft, expand its network and enhance the airline’s in-flight product. Implementation will be staggered over several years but SWISS is already on track to add 22 new destinations in Europe to its Zurich-based network at the start of the 2015 European summer.

> The Mara Plains Camp in Kenya has been accepted as a new member of Relais & Châteaux. The establishment reopened in August 2013 after being completely rebuilt.

> Constance Belle Mare Plage has been recognised as the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel at this year’s World Golf Awards.

> Trafalgar has increased the number of guaranteed departures across its 2015 Europe and Britain programme to more than 70 percent. Early Payment discounts of 10 percent are available until January 30.

> Rail Europe is featuring new eight-day Grand Train Tour packages, valid for travel between May 9 and October 25, 2015 in first class only. Scenic trains include the Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Wilhelm Tell and Jungfraujoch. Overnight in Zurich, Interlaken, Montreux, St Moritz, Lugano and Luzern.

> Skål International South Africa President, Lavonne Whittmann, a member of the club’s Cape Winelands chapter has been named Ambassador of the Year – a first for South Africa.

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