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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 will keep you abreast of 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 October 2019 we bring in to focus:
From 1 November, visitors to Malawi can register on the e-visa platform, complete and submit applications, upload supporting documents including photos and settle visa fees in advance. Once the application is approved, a notification is sent by email and the approval document authorising entry into Malawi can be downloaded before travelling. To apply for an e-visa, register and login to the immigration website: www.immigration.gov.mw or www.evisa.gov.mw.
From 18 November, Airlink will offer an additional midday flight between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. The flight will operate on weekdays and will depart from O.R. Tambo International at 12h30 arriving at Bloemfontein at 13h25. The return flight will depart Bloemfontein at 13h50 arriving at O.R. Tambo International at 14h45. The service is operated by an Embraer 135 regional jet. In addition, Airlink has reinstated flights between Cape Town and Windhoek. The extra morning flight will operate from Monday to Friday departing from Cape Town International Airport at 05h55 arriving at Windhoek – Hosea Kutako at 08h00. The return flight will depart from Windhoek – Hosea Kutako at 08h50 arriving at Cape Town International at 10h55.
A new report by McKinsey & Company says global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run the risk of missing out on one of the century’s greatest growth opportunities. Africa’s estimated 1.2 billion population is forecast to double over the next 30 years, making it inconsistent with the decelerating population globally. It will soon be the fastest-urbanising region in the world, and global travel technology company Amadeus has identified key growth opportunities for business travel agencies in Africa including: investing in online booking tools for business travellers, using data to personalise the online experience, and preparing for big changes as tech evolves under artificial intelligence and machine learning.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) economic report, business travel accounted for approximately 36 percent of total travel spend in South Africa in 2018, and projections for the corporate travel sector remain positive. This is welcome news for South African business travellers whose bargaining power will improve in the growing market. A 2019 report by the Harvard Business Review found that businesses that invest in travel see up to 47 percent revenue growth.
Travelstart has completed its acquisition of Southern Africa’s Club Travel Group for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which sees Travelstart wholly acquiring the Club Travel Group and its subsidiaries, was first announced in June 2019 and the deal was subject to the approval of South Africa’s Competition Commission. The transaction has now been formally completed and approved. Read more about Travelstart’s acquisition of Club Travel.