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Business and Bleisure in Europe – Qatar makes it a reality!

It is time for you to experience the unique beauty of Europe, full of charming towns, vibrant cities and diverse nature. Special fares with Qatar make Europe business and bleisure trips that much easier! Plan ahead knowing Qatar has you covered with the highest standards of safety and guaranteed flexibility. Offer valid until 30 September […]

TOURISM KZN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Phindile Makwakwa, acting CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, is very excited to launch their new website – www.zulu.org.za The new website launched at the end of June and offers info on leisure fun, events, and conferences in KZN, as well as information to corporates regarding tenders, annual reports and additional data on KZN. Makwakwa said, “A […]

IATA TRAVEL PASS ON TRIAL

The IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app available on smartphones, allows travellers to securely keep their Covid-19 test results on the app in order to show airlines and authorities – to meet the different entry requirements for each country. The app also allows travellers to check up on the latest COVID-19-related entry requirements for different […]

SUN INTERNATIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSES ALL PROPERTIES

Industry giant, Sun International, has announced that they are temporarily closing all their hotels, restaurants, and casino properties. Due to the Level 4 Lockdown announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, June 27, Graham Wood, group COO, announced the closing of all their properties, including their hotels and resorts.  Sun International foresees that they will […]

A RETURN TO US CRUISING

Celebrity Edge is the first US cruise ship to sail off into the sunset in over 15 months. The Celebrity Edge usually welcomes 2900 passengers but to keep within CDC approval requirements cut passenger numbers down to 40% of its normal capacity. Some of the regulations implemented to keep within CDC specifics and to keep […]

SLOW TRAVEL

Imagine transforming your work desk into a hot desk… Travel our beloved South Africa, while working remotely – Slow travel is the answer to your pent-up wanderlust. Slow travel is quickly becoming the next big tourism trend; many businesses have realised the benefit of having employees working remotely. Working remotely during the pandemic has proven […]

DIGITALISATION OF AIRPORTS

Pre-pandemic, a passenger spent an average of 1.5 hours getting from the airport entrance onto their plane. With the increase in procedural requirements during the pandemic, the average time has doubled – even while traveller numbers are still a fraction of the norm. How will airports prevent chaos once travel fully recovers? Digitising Covid-19 health […]

‘RED TERMINALS’ AT HEATHROW AND BIRMINGHAM

The UK Government is facing increased public pressure to open its borders to international travellers. In response, they have allowed two major airports – Heathrow and Birmingham, to allocate one terminal per airport to ‘red list’ countries. This separation ensures that any travellers arriving from amber or green countries are kept separate and safe. To […]

THEBE TOURISM GROUP PAYS HOMAGE TO MADIBA

Following the buyout of their former owner, the Thebe Tourism Group executive management team, CEO, Jerry Mabena; COO, Brett Hendricks; CFO, Cobus du Plessis, and CMO Judiet Barnes, has announced a rebranding that is inspired by, and aims to honour the late president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Formerly known as Thebe Tourism Group, the company will […]

South Africans want to fly!

The latest figures from Statistics South Africa show that a total of 635 758 visitors travelled through South Africa in March – 214 865 of these were South African residents and 420 893 were foreign travellers. According to a recent poll by Travel News, the greatest factor preventing people from travelling is the lack of […]

ZANZIBAR – LET’S GO!

South Africans are welcomed in Zanzibar. Tanzanian officials created some controversy when they announced in early May that all visitors to their country would be required to quarantine for 14 days of mandatory self-isolation. Since, officials have clarified that only travellers who visited India or travelled through India will be required to do the 14-day […]

VACCINE OPENS TRAVEL DOORS

Germany has eased entry restrictions for travellers who have received their full vaccination or travellers who have fully recovered from Covid-19, without having to quarantine. Travellers with sufficient proof of Covid-19 recovery, as well as those that have been vaccinated, will be treated the same as travellers with a negative PCR test. The only exception […]

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 […]

ADDIS ABABA AIRPORT NOW OFFERS COVID TESTS

Travellers departing or transiting via Addis Ababa can now have their Covid-19 tests done at the airport. Ethiopian Airlines Group, in association with BGI Health Ethiopia, is set to launch the Covid19 testing centre at its main hub and continent’s busiest airport – Addis Ababa. The laboratory will be equipped with the resources and technology […]

SKIP THE QUEUES AT TABLE MOUNTAIN

A private business meeting with a close-up view all Capetonians cherish – Table Mountain. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMAC) has launched a private cable car service that allows private groups to host their events, meetings and special occasions on top of Cape Town’s leading tourist attraction and one of the official New 7 Wonders […]

TAKE A DIP IN THE CLOUDS

As announced by the Guinness World Records team, the highest outdoor infinity pool in a building (at 294 meters high) can be found at the Address Beach Resort in Dubai. Sitting on the hotel’s 77th floor, the massive pool is about 94 meters long and 16 meters wide — almost double the size of an […]

ZIM BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CONFERENCE CENTRE

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwean President, recently laid the first brick at the start of the Beethoven Hotel and Harare Hippodrome Conference Centre development. This new conference centre will be the biggest Zimbabwe has developed to date. The property, Beethoven Hotel, will have 40 executive rooms on offer while the conference centre, the Hippodrome Conference Centre, will […]

MZANSI SHINES ON NETFLIX

South African Tourism has partnered with Netflix to showcase South Africa’s diversity and beauty in a collection of locally produced series & movies. Our landscape has been featured in multiple Netflix original productions to date – Some international series and movie productions were also filmed on our shores. They are: Holiday in the Wild Last […]

NEW RESORT FOR SEYCHELLES

A beachfront villa, with the Seychelles mountains as a backdrop – what more could you want for a bleisure retreat? The JA Enchanted Waterfront villas – 10 beautiful villas tastefully decorated and designed to fit a contemporary Creole aesthetic, sit on the Mahé cost just a stone’s throw from the beach. Each of the 10 […]

CRUISE INTO YOUR WORKCATION

Princess Cruises has announced its integration to include land-like connectivity to its passengers as part of its MedallionNet Wi-Fi Services. Guests are assured much better connectivity for working onboard their return cruises. A new constellation of satellites, launched by Princess’s connectivity partner SES, will be live later this year and will offer the best-ever possible […]

NEW COURTYARD HOTEL IN MIDRAND

The new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City is now open! The hotel was built specifically to attract corporate travellers during the week while still servicing their leisure guests over weekends. This combination of ‘bleisure’ guests, along with the hotel’s offering to day visitors, makes it an ideal location for the corporate traveller. The hotel is across […]

NOTABLE NOMINATION FOR PLETT

Plettenberg Bay, a seaside town on the Garden Route, is mostly known for its sandy Central and Lookout beaches – ideal for surfers. However, the tourist-friendly town is also an ideal location for whale watchers, local corporate travellers and ocean-lovers alike. The town’s proximity to the trails at Robberg Nature Reserve, the historic Stone Age […]

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 […]

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