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FLYSAFAIR UPGRADES THEIR Y-CLASS FARE

FlySafair has announced an upgrade to their Y-Class Fare – to include an extra bag and priority boarding. This fare class also still includes two free flight changes.  If you like to fly in a class of your own, that offers more luggage, more flexibility, and more extras, this is the fare for you.  Be […]

DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN VIC FALLS & JO’BURG

Zimbabwean airline, Fastjet, has announced additions to their current flight schedule between Victoria Falls International Airport and Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. The aim is to allow travellers more flexibility when travelling. These additions ensure travellers have more time to enjoy all that Victoria Falls has to offer. The new flight times also aim to […]

POLOKWANE AIRPORT DEEMED ‘UNSAFE’

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has advised that the Polokwane Airport no longer meets the minimum requirements to receive scheduled commercial air traffic. Airlink, in their capacity as an independent regional airline, has therefore announced that they have suspended all services to and from Polokwane airport until further notice. Airlink did research potentially […]

TAKE A SHO’T LEFT!

South African Tourism is challenging you to make a Sho’t Left and take your lunch or dinner business meetings to the streets of Mzansi! Support local while spicing up your meetings, team building and bleisure itineraries. Now is the time to go out there and make memories that will last forever! That means less inside, […]

NEW DRESS CODE FOR ZANZIBAR

Authorities in Zanzibar have issued a statement that visitors to the island will be expected to adhere to a new, stricter dress code. Zanzibar has a population of 1.3 million, and during a census in 2019, it was found that 99% of the population follows the Muslim faith. To respect the faith and beliefs of […]

IT’S ALL IN THE EYES

The Dubai International Airport has recently installed and activated 122 new Smart Gates throughout the airport. These smart gates use travellers’ biometric information – specifically their eyes – to identify and document the traveller. This new technology ensures a much faster and most importantly, a contact-less journey for travellers returning to the skies. Travellers can […]

JOHANNESBURG – HARARE ROUTE RESUMES

As of 28 March 2021, British Airways will offer daily regional flights between Harare and Johannesburg. BA executive head of revenue management, Desmond O’Connor, has commented saying he is delighted to reopen these bookings and is excited to see the gradual ramp-up of their airlines’ schedule. The reopening of this route also means the return […]

GREEN ZONE IN BALI

Bali governor, Wayan Koster, has announced the implementation of Green Zones across Bali. These designated areas, as outlined by the Balinese government, will enjoy increased health and safety measures for tourists. The aim of these Green Zones is to isolate tourists from locals as much as possible, to mitigate the risk of infection either way […]

KLM RESUMES AMSTERDAM ROUTE

The Netherlands have not yet changed their requirements for entry into the country, but KLM has opted to resume their South Africa to Amsterdam route to better accommodate passengers that fall within the following categories: Dutch Nationals EU Residents or Schengen State residents Dutch Antilles residents Medical Staff Seafarers and Airline Crew   The set […]

‘EXCLUSIVE USE TRAVEL’ ON THE RISE

Travelling safely during the pandemic, and during the vaccine roll-out phase is possible.  If a traveller controls their environment and mitigates the risk to themselves, they can safely travel without contracting Covid-19. It is for this reason that exclusive use facilities have become so popular. The pandemic has had an extensive impact on businesses, families […]

Your home office vs. a Caribbean island?

The Curacao island in the Caribbean now offers extended stay options for the working gypsy that can operate their business from anywhere in the world. Working remotely has become extremely popular – particularly during the strict lockdown in South Africa and across the globe.  Many businesses implemented remote working policies to keep their employees working, […]

TRAVELLERS’ AIRLINE LOYALTY BENEFITS EXTENDED

Travellers need not worry about their loyalty benefits or tier statuses; airlines are extending their loyalty benefits to make up for travel time lost in 2020. The following airlines have decided to extend their specific benefits and programmes: Air France KLM British Airways Cathay Pacific Delta Air Lines Emirates Etihad Lufthansa Group Qatar Airways South […]

VAX PASSPORTS – BECOMING A STANDARD REQUIREMENT?

Vaccines and vaccine passports have become an attractive option for governments to both stimulate travel and tourism to boost their economies, as well as protecting their citizens from the pandemic. Travel has mostly been made possible through the acquisition of a negative PCR test certificate which is only valid for a short period of time.  […]

THE CURE TO CABIN FEVER!

What is the cure for a stiff neck from working from home, and that cabin fever irritability that is driving you up the walls? A beach break of course! Take a trip with the family to a beachside location with Wi-Fi for work, and fun for the family! Check out our special rates and packages […]

MADRID TO BARCELONA AT ‘BULLET’ SPEED

Regardless of the pandemic and its effect on the world, Spain’s high-speed rail service has continued its development at a ‘full speed ahead’ rate. The 500km between Madrid and Barcelona just became a short 2.5hour trip, that will set you back between 10 – 60 Euros (around R190 – R1100). The Spanish state operator Renfe’s […]

5 REASONS WHY DATA IS KING!

Data can be invaluable, especially during a pandemic when every single Rand counts! One of the services we offer our clients is detailed reporting on travel behaviour, preferences and spend. Here’s 5 reasons why data is king. Save time, save money! When it comes to booking travel, a streamlined process means your TMC experts are […]

IS YOUR TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES?

Travel Management Companies have long been the centre of controversy when it comes to variable rates and service fees charged.  It only takes one TMC to find a loophole, override travel policies and hide their fees, to tarnish the reputation of all in the industry and although this practice is mostly ignored, it comes to […]

OR Tambo’s clean bill of health!

The Airports Council International (ACI) has awarded OR Tambo International airport with an airport health accreditation. Their Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) was developed to ensure airports align their health, safety and hygiene practices with that of the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines along with guidelines and recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Organization. […]

Chicken or beef – but on a luxury level!

What would you like? Ham Hock and Smoked Cheddar Sandwich? Spicy Cauliflower Tortilla? Chicken and Bacon Brioche? A Steak and Ale Pie or perhaps a Brie Ploughman’s Sandwich? Michelin two-star chef, Tom Kerridge, who also features on a variety of UK cooking shows, has partnered with British Airways to create this signature gourmet light-meal menu […]

THREE BLIND ‘MICE’ – CHANGES POST COVID-19

It is difficult to gauge when, where and how life will return to ‘normal’ after the Covid-19 pandemic. Many are hopeful that the waves of Covid-19 will subside once the vaccine arrives in SA, and that life (and business) could return to some form of normality. But what will the post-Covid-19 new-normal look like? And […]

Penny-wise but pound-foolish? A look at South African Airports

In Europe, smaller airports are held accountable for increasing tourism to their specific regions – this means they offer more affordable options to low-cost carriers.  This makes it more affordable for clients to fly to these smaller airports. The success of this structure is evident in the increase of tourism to these areas and the […]

LIGHTS, CAMERA…ACTION!

Did you know, we have a specific department that serves the film industry in South Africa? We found that understanding and specialising in the unique, fast-paced nature of the film industry’s travel management needs is imperative to serving these clients, ensuring the success of their overall productions. Our in-house film industry expert, Carol Riedt, recently […]

YOUR VERY OWN APARTMENT IN SANDTON – A CORPORATE TRAVELLER’S DREAM

The new BlackBrick hotel, situated in the mixed-use residential building on Fredman Drive in Sandton has a new apartment style offering for short visits or long-term stays. The jet-black building, once the home of Titan beer and SAB InBev, launched their offering of 75 apartment style guest rooms in November 2020, welcoming guests to short […]

PREVENT A PARKING TICKET PANIC! OR TAMBO’S PARKING PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

Recent travellers have been caught off-guard and returned to OR Tambo airport after their travels to find that they have racked up unexpectedly high-priced parking tickets – some as much as R2 000 for one night! The OR Tambo International Airport management team has changed the airport’s parking set-up to accommodate additional parking products, as […]

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