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SA DROPS PCR TESTING

As announced by President Ramaphosa, South Africa has scrapped the requirement of costly PCR tests for incoming travellers who can prove they are fully vaccinated. This change to regulation is welcomed, especially by industry bodies such as the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) who have […]

BOTSWANA NO LONGER REQUIRES BOOSTER

Botswana has dropped their requirement for travellers to have received a Covid-19 booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated. There are different waiting periods between vaccinations, different vaccines and dosing, and different regulations enforced across the world around the Covid-19 booster shot.  Christopher Nyanga, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Botswana, […]

UBER UPGRADES THEIR CORPORATE ACCOUNTS

As of 22 March 2022, Uber has added their Uber One programme to their Corporate Uber account users’ dashboards. With this upgraded subscription option, businesses can now receive unlimited free deliveries on food, groceries and more with a minimum order of $15 or +/- R230. These account holders also receive 5% off their eligible rides, […]

AIR NEW ZEALAND – NEW NONSTOP ROUTE FROM NYC TO AUCKLAND

New Zealand has acted very conservatively in terms of reopening borders to better protect its citizens and economy, as  the Covid-19 Pandemic spread across the world. Their government, however, has recently announced that they will be reopening their borders sooner than initially planned.  In reaction to this announcement, Air New Zealand is preparing to launch […]

TRAVEL – A BALM FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health has always carried a certain stigma around it, especially in the workplace – as it’s often associated with mental illnesses or struggles. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent challenges has irradicated this association to a great degree. The turmoil, stress and impact on mental health was experienced world-wide and has therefore inspired a better […]

Free Stopover in Istanbul With Turkish Airlines

Turn your layover into a stopover and explore the majestic city of Istanbul There’s no better excuse to explore the city when travelling through Istanbul en-route to your end destination – so enjoy it, take advantage of this offer and book your international Turkish Airlines flight with us and enjoy a FREE stopover in Istanbul. […]

Qatar Airways – ‘Airline of the Year’ by Skytrax for a Record Sixth Time

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, in addition to securing five additional awards including World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge, World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat, World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering and Best Airline in […]

Tourism game-changer for Zanzibar

A new, enormous, and luxurious mixed-use seaside resort will launch in Zanzibar, and it is a game-changer. The Blue Amber will stretch along four kilometres of untouched Indian Ocean coastline. Located near Matemwe, the resort will occupy 410 hectares of this tropical landscape. It will not only feature multiple hotels and luxury accommodation options but […]

2023 Rugby World Cup | France

The organisers of the 2023 Rugby World Cup have reported that there is already great excitement from fans for the return of this world-renowned tournament with full spectator attendance finally allowed again. Are you ready to attend? It is estimated that around 650 000 foreign visitors are expected to attend the event, which will take […]

SANParks – 10 years of opportunities ahead!

SANParks is the governing body responsible for managing South Africa’s national parks. They are currently responsible for over 3% of South Africa’s total land mass, drive conservation of our biodiversity, and encourage inbound tourism through world class nature reserves and lodges. Additionally, they focus on educating locals and tourists about our country’s fauna and flora, […]

Airlink loyalty programme with Legacy Lifestyle

Legacy Lifestyle and Airlink have partnered up to offer travellers a loyalty programme that allows cashback rewards when they fly. Airlink CEO Rodger Foster said: “We are excited about our new partnership with Legacy Lifestyle because we can now offer our customers access to a network of leisure and hospitality brands across the country. In […]

Conservation goes 360-degrees!

The Kruger Station in Skukuza rest camp, Kruger National Park, welcomed South Africa’s first commercial 360-degree cinema. The cylindrical cinema adds an additional entertainment option for visitors that also educate them on conservation. “The entire Kruger Station is already something special, and now, with the addition of the KRUGER 360 Cinema, it’s become a must-see […]

One-of-a-kind Olympics in Paris

Paris welcomes back the Olympics to their City of Lights – a century since they last played hosts to this prestigious event. The festivities are planned to kick off on the 24th of July 2024 and for the first time ever, the Opening Ceremony will not be held in a stadium – it will be […]

Cresta Mahalapye upgrade

Cresta Mahalapye hotel, located on the A1 which is the gateway to Maun, Tuli and northern Botswana, has commenced a site upgrade. This upgrade, estimated at R73.5m, will add an additional 62 rooms to the hotel capacity; 58 standard rooms, two twin rooms, a presidential suite and one paraplegic room. The upgrade will also add […]

Post-pandemic business travel blues?

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) conducted a study on how the return of business travel might look post-pandemic and have published their findings in the report ‘The Return to Business Travel: A New Paradigm on the Evolution of Buyers and Stakeholders Post-Covid’. “When the pandemic brought almost all travel to a halt there was […]

NO DETOURS TO GET TO THE BIG APPLE

Starting 5 June 2022, United Airlines plan to resume three flights per week on a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft between Cape Town, South Africa and New York City, United States. United Airlines first launched these direct flights from Cape Town in December of 2019. This route quickly became one of the airline’s flagship international routes, but […]

FROM FRANKFURT TO KRUGER – DIRECT

Eurowings Discover, Lufthansa’s long-haul leisure brand, has launched flights from Frankfurt directly to the Kruger National Park for 2022. In its first season (November 15, 2022 to March 25, 2023), the airline will fly three times a week from Frankfurt to Mbombela KMIA, with a short stopover in Windhoek. “Our booking figures show that travellers […]

SA LAUNCHES E-VISA SYSTEM

The South African government has streamlined visa processes for foreigners wanting to enter the country. President Ramaphosa announced the introduction of SA’s new eVisa system in the first week of February 2022. The new eVisa system, available to 14 different countries including China, India, Kenya and Nigeria, can be used to apply for an online […]

Location, location, location!

Familiarity, professionalism, and ready to go the extra mile; the City Lodge Hotel Group welcomes you. With 6 different properties on offer in Cape Town alone, they have the ideal stay just for you. The Road Lodge, conveniently situated at Cape Town International Airport truly is within walking distance of the airport and car rental […]

PANDEMIC TURNS ENDEMIC – IATA SUGGESTS NEW RULES FOR TRAVEL

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to embrace the Covid-19 pandemic reaching an endemic stage and has proposed a selection of new ‘rules’ for travel as the way forward. According to IATA, Covid-19 has reached an endemic stage defined as a condition regularly found among particular people or in a certain […]

GOING GREEN, THE GOOD WAY

“We are not inheriting this planet from our forefathers, but rather borrow it from our children. This is the view we need to adopt to try and live and develop businesses sustainably.” – Mario Delicio, owner of Hotel Verde, Africa’s greenest hotel. In the airport industrial area, within 400m of Cape Town International Airport, you […]

TURKEY OPENS ITS DOORS TO SOUTH AFRICANS

The Cape Town office of Turkish Airlines announced that South Africans or those who have spent 14 days in South Africa before their travels are once again welcomed into Turkey. Travellers will however be required to adhere to the following: A Passenger Locator Form A negative PCR test within 72 hours of travelling Vaccinated travellers […]

THE SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORT IMPROVES ITS HENLEY RANKING

The South African passport improved its ranking from the 58th to the 51st spot on the Henley list. The ranking by Henley is based on accessibility – specifically visa-free entry to countries. With this jump, South Africans now have visa-free access to 104 countries and territories – although this is not much of an increase […]

WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS EVENTS SUPPORT PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro, the official Tourism, Trade, Film and Investment Promotions agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, has announced the creation of the Western Cape Business Events Support Programme – a support programme aimed to stimulate short, and medium-term national business events in the […]

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