Corporate Travel Chronicles – August 2019

02 Sep 2019

Welcome to Corporate Travel Chronicles, your monthly news round-up bought to you by Club Travel Corporate. This news in brief summary is designed to help you, the travelling professional, navigate the thrilling and fluid world of business and corporate travel. By bringing you the latest developments impacting South African business travellers, we intend to keep you in touch with the most important stories in recent weeks delivered in an easy-to-digest, bite-sized format.

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Corporate Travel Chronicles keeps you on the pulse of industry updates, airline anecdotes, travel advisories among a pick of the most important stories in recent weeks.

 

For August 2019 we bring in to focus:

 

Ethiopian adds more destinations in Africa and India

Ethiopian Airlines will expand services to India and within Africa by adding Bangalore and Beira (Mozambique) routes to its network this spring. The Star Alliance member plans to launch 4X-weekly Addis Ababa-Bengaluru (India) services, from 27 October. The new route is in addition to its twice-daily flights to Mumbai and New Delhi and complements its existing dedicated freighter flights to and from Bengaluru. New 3X-weekly Addis Ababa-Beira services will be routed via Malawi, starting 3 September. Beira will also connect with the Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines hub in Maputo. Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines, one of Ethiopian Airlines’ subsidiary carriers, flies to eight domestic destinations from Maputo: Nampula, Tete, Pemba, Beira, Nacala, Quelimane, Vilankulos and Chimoio.

Nearly half of SA travellers prefer visa-free destinations

New research by Travelstart reveals that 49% of South African travellers say they consciously select overseas destinations with no visa requirements or those that issue a visa on arrival. More than 900 South Africans responded to the study and the results offer insight into the impact visas have on travellers. South African passport holders represented 91% of responses and 48% said they have applied for a visa in the past 12 months. Despite the inherent inconvenience of visas, South Africans are willing globetrotters and fare well in terms of satisfying requirements with only 4% confessing they have been the subject of a visa refusal. According to the research, most refusals are issued by the United Kingdom, USA and Schengen area respectively.

Blantyre Airport disruption – SAA responds

Ongoing upgrades at Malawi’s Chileka International Airport in Blantyre has disrupted operations including those of South African Airways. Malawian airport authorities notified SAA that the main runway in Blantyre will remain closed for a prolonged period until 31 October 2019. SAA announced alternative travel arrangements to ensure continued operations to and from Blantyre and to mitigate further impact of the runway maintenance on passengers. “Customers will travel between Johannesburg and Lilongwe on SAA operated aircraft and further travel between Lilongwe and Blantyre on Ethiopian Airlines, for the period 31 August 2019 until 31 October 2019. This is an interim travel plan intended to avoid any service disruptions,” says SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. Ethiopian Airlines is SAA’s partner airline in Malawi and there is an interline agreement to seamlessly facilitate customer transfers between the two airlines.

Town Lodge opens in Umhlanga

Town Lodge has opened a 154-room hotel in Umhlanga north of Durban bringing the number of properties in the City Lodge Hotel Group to 61. The Town Lodge is located on the ridge close to Umhlanga’s business hub and a 20-minute drive from King Shaka Airport. In addition to 154 rooms, the new Town Lodge offers two boardrooms, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, social deck and gardens, and 110 parking bays. There’s also a bar, complimentary WiFi, and the restaurant serves ‘Full English’, ‘Continental’, and ‘Light’ breakfasts.

The rise of “bleisure” travel

Have you ever added a few decompression days onto the back of a business trip before flying home? Have you ever invited your partner to luxuriate in your fully expensed hotel room while you took care of business? If your answer is yes, then you’ve contributed to the rise of “bleisure” – the peculiar portmanteau describes the growing trend of blending leisure time into a business trip. Our latest story has some tips in case you’re thinking about making bleisure part of your work travel policy.

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