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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 […]

BOTSWANA FREES UP LAND FOR TOURISM

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism of Botswana Mr. Onalenna Mokgachane has advised that they have reserved 45 wilderness camps for tourism development. Botswana is best known for its tourism offering that includes game drives, balloon safaris, boat cruises and mokoro rides. These activities are centred around wilderness viewings […]

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 […]

WE’VE BEEN NOMINATED

We are honoured to have been nominated for the World Travel Awards in the categories of Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2021 as well as South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2021. Voting is already open, so please VOTE FOR US by clicking HERE.

SA MAKES THE CONDÉ NAST CUT

Condé Nast, a global mass media company and home to some of the world’s most iconic brands like Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ and Vanity Fair, recently released a list of 2021’s Best Holiday Destinations, and South Africa is listed! Our gorgeous country has been included based on our exceptional wineries, luxury safaris, internationally rated […]

‘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 […]

Grand Central and Hull Trains back on track shortly!

The British open access firms, Grand Central and Hull Trains received no government support during the pandemic, and therefore suspended all their services during the lockdown period. With the UK rolling out their vaccine campaigns and slowly retracting their lockdown regulations, the two service firms are returning to serve their clients. Hull Trains have indicated […]

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, […]

TAP Air Portugal returns to Cape Town – with a bang!

TAP Air Portugal retracted their service from South Africa some years ago but has recently announced that they will launch Cape Town to Lisbon flights as of November this year, with the first flight taking to the air on 1 November 2021. This new route is one of 6 announced by the airline, that will […]

Level 1 Covid-19 Travel Updates

South Africa is open to international travel, subject to health and safety protocols. South African citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry into South Africa regardless of where you are travelling from, provided you adhere to the entry requirements (see below). Any South Africans wanting to travel overseas must check the destination entry requirements and […]

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 […]

ANEW ARRIVES IN CENTURION

The hotel in Centurion, previously known as Protea Hotel, is undergoing a face-lift and revamp to reopen on 1 May 2021 as the ANEW Hotel Centurion. This refurbishment is a collaboration between the ANEW Hotels and Resorts group and the Fieldspace Property Group. The collaboration stems from the shared values and hands-on approach that the […]

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.  […]

AIRLINK ADDS TO THEIR NAMIBIAN ROUTE

Starting on 2 March 2021, Airlink will offer thrice-weekly services between Cape Town and Walvis Bay. This will be the fourth new route that Airlink has instated between the Mother City and Namibia. The other routes are as follows: Cape Town – Windhoek Johannesburg- Windhoek Johannesburg – Walvis Bay These flights will operate on Tuesdays, […]

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 […]

VACCINES & THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

A recent poll by Travel News and NowMedia amongst its readership of travel experts has shed some light on the desires and intentions of travellers post vaccination rollouts. 46% of travel agents reported having clients excited to travel in general once the vaccines are rolled out. 39% of these agents reported pent-up demand for foreign […]

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 […]

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 […]

QATAR AIRWAYS CONNECTS YOU WITH SAN FRANCISCO

Following some changes to their operation, Qatar Airlines now operate four weekly flights from Doha to San Francisco. According to Akbar Al Baker, the Qatar Airways Group CE, the airline has made it a priority to not only reinstate their existing destinations but to also grow their network and increase connectivity with new and relevant […]

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 […]

OUT WITH THE OLD – AND IN WITH THE NEW FOR BERLIN AIR TRAVEL!

The 70-year-old Berlin-Tegel Airport, known for playing an important role in the Berlin Airlift at the end of WW2, has shut down its operations and full functionality has been moved across to the new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brant Airport as of 8 November 2020. The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is situated in Schönefeld, just south […]

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 […]

SEYCHELLES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Seychellois authorities have approved travellers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger, Burundi, Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya to enter the country for business or leisure trips. The Seychelles is currently a safer, lower-risk country to visit for business development and corporate travels, as they have had an exceptionally low number of COVID-19 cases with […]

QATAR AIRWAYS & FLYSAFAIR DEAL – WHAT THIS MEANS FOR CORPORATE TRAVEL

Qatar Airways has signed an interline agreement with FlySafair, South Africa’s largest domestic airline. This new-found partnership between the carriers will provide Qatar Airways with 10 domestic connections in South Africa, including Port Elizabeth, East London and George. Travellers that begin their travels from outlying airports will be able to book one ticket straight through […]

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