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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 […]

CHANGE YOUR VIEW IN 2022

The world has changed.  Working from home has become ‘tired’ – between your desk and kitchen, there aren’t many places to escape to. Some employees have opted for days at the coffice (a coffee-shop office) for some days to break the monotony. Many South Africans are taking this to the ‘next level’ and relocating to ensure their […]

“A final look at 2021 and my wishes for 2022…” – Kananelo Makhetha

“The last 6 months we felt strong, resilient and were grateful for the positive turn in our industry in terms of our domestic travels but also the pick-up in international travellers both inbound and outbound. We are grateful to have rehired many of our team members that were retrenched and started to become hopeful and […]

NEW ‘TOURISM MONITORS PROGRAMME’ AT KEY AIRPORTS

The Tourism Monitors Programme, established on 15 November by The Department of Tourism and the Airports Company South Africa, has been established to boost safety and security levels of the key airports in South Africa. A group of over 120 youths have been trained and graduated from the Department’s Tourism Monitors Programme to serve at […]

BOOSTER SHOTS FOR MALTA

The Maltese authorities have announced that they will require fully vaccinated travellers to acquire a booster shot to enter the country. Travellers that have been vaccinated with either the Covishield, Sinopharm, or Covaxin vaccines will only be allowed into the country once they have received a booster shot made by either AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or […]

THE RETURN OF INDABA AND MEETINGS AFRICA

After 2 years of cancellations due to Covid-19, Indaba and Meetings Africa returns! Indaba and Meetings Africa, two internationally recognised global trade shows, confirmed on 12 November 2021 that they will be returning in 2022 as physical events with limited virtual components. Acting CEO of South African Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini, said “We are very pleased […]

NEW ZEALAND REMAINS SEALED OFF

New Zealand residents, their families, foreign students, diplomats, and a few other exempted travellers are welcomed into the country at present, but as of 1 November, even these permitted travellers will have to prove they are fully vaccinated before being allowed to enter the country. Arriving travellers are still required to complete 14 days in […]

WINDHOEK AIRPORT’S FACELIFT NOW COMPLETE!

Dan Kamari, Namibia Airport Company’s spokesperson, said the work on the airport was aimed at elevating it to a global standard that can better facilitate baggage handling and extend terminal amenities for domestic, VIP, and VVIP flights. The ‘facelift’ includes the addition of 18 new check-in desks, five more self-service check-in kiosks, more departure security […]

VIRGIN RETURNS THIS DECEMBER

Following South Africa’s exciting exit from the UK red list – Virgin has brought forward their portfolio expansion to increase JHB to London flights from 3 a week, to twice daily. They’ve also announced direct flights from Cape Town to Heathrow to resume 3 times weekly as of 17 December 2021. The airline offers unlimited […]

THE US CONFIRMS THEIR OPEN DATE

TTG Media reports that Assistant Press Secretary, Kevin Munoz, announced the reopening of US borders to vaccinated travellers as of 8 November 2021. The reduction in travel restrictions extends across local and international land and air travel but ensompasses a stringent and consistent public health and safety policy to protect both locals and international travellers. […]

COSTA RICA’S MANDATORY VACCINATION PASS

A mandatory vaccine passport will be rolled out in Costa Rica as of 01 December 2021. This will require travellers to make use of their Health Pass, also a requirement to enter the country, to gain access to any of the below establishments: restaurants cafés food parks bars casinos retail shops shopping centres museums gyms […]

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