Tourism Trends 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Travellers looking for more bang for their travel buck
#BizTrends2018: Travellers looking for more bang for their travel buck

Value and service continue to remain high up on the agenda for South Africans when it comes to both corporate and leisure travel...

By Andrew Stark 2 days ago

Mark Essien, CEO of Hotels.ng
Hotels.ng expands on hotel bookings and flights to win in Africa

CEO of Hotels.ng, Mark Essien, saw an opportunity to build an African focused OTA. The company has partnered with local hotels and airlines across Africa to accelerate its growth across the region...

3 days ago

Air travel will remain affordable for South Africans
Air travel will remain affordable for South Africans

South Africans can continue to expect affordable domestic air ticket prices, according to FlySafair, despite predictions that global travel prices would rise sharply in 2018....

16 Jan 2018

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Record number of South African travellers flocked to the Seychelles in 2017

South African arrivals increased by 15% year-on-year for the year ending 2017, making SA the sixth best source market for the island destination...

12 Jan 2018

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Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase

Some of the technologies used in autonomous cars have been adapted in products unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to help travellers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage.

12 Jan 2018

Western Cape peak season sees increase in international arrivals, regional trips
Western Cape peak season sees increase in international arrivals, regional trips

Initial reports show a high growth of international arrivals as well as an increase in visitors to regions across the Western Cape during the December 2017 peak tourism month. 30 out of 36 local tourism offices noted increases in visitors...

12 Jan 2018

Andy Hedley, GM Southern Africa, Amadeus
#BizTrends2018: Airlines in the digital realm - putting data in the driving seat

Airlines have never had such access to the brains and feelings of their customers as they do today. By leveraging this data, airlines will be able to start experimenting with creative and fun new tools...

By Andy Hedley 10 Jan 2018

2018 Henley Passport Index: Africa lagging behind in travel freedom
2018 Henley Passport Index: Africa lagging behind in travel freedom

"Of all the continents, Africa as a whole has suffered the most dramatic decline in travel freedom on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, with African countries accounting for 19 of the 27 biggest fallers over the past decade..."

10 Jan 2018

Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism
#BizTrends2018: Trends shift as travel evolves

Travel is not a static experience - why, how and when visitors want to visit and interact with a destination is constantly evolving...

By Enver Duminy 8 Jan 2018

Eight things to remember before catching a cheap flight
Eight things to remember before catching a cheap flight

Planning a business trip or holiday involves a lot of cheap flight research, car hire and hotel booking - but overlooking these important tasks can quickly blow through the savings you made...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 5 Jan 2018

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Tropical island paradise with a cautious eye to growth

It's a nation that boasts warm azure seas and dream beaches, a landscape ranging from volcanic rocks to tropical rainforest, and stable democratic rule - yet many people have never heard of it...

4 Jan 2018

Ryanair applies for UK licence ahead of Brexit
Ryanair applies for UK licence ahead of Brexit

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair said on Tuesday it has applied for a British operating licence in case Britain leaves the European Union next year without an aviation deal...

3 Jan 2018

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Extreme cold sparks chaos in Canada airports

MONTREAL, Canada: Snow, lengthy de-icing procedures and missing crews created havoc at Canada's main airports on Monday, with hundreds of flights cancelled or delayed out of the country's biggest city Toronto...

2 Jan 2018

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing
Royal Air Maroc orders four Boeing Dreamliners

Morocco's Royal Air Maroc has ordered four 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from US aviation giant Boeing for delivery at the end of next year, the two companies said...

29 Dec 2017

Lufthansa chief, Carsten Spohr. Photo: Aero International
Lufthansa eyes EU green light for Air Berlin spoils

FRANKFURT - German carrier Lufthansa hopes to win EU approval to snap up a slice of bankrupt Air Berlin's operations, after competition concerns forced it to scale back its bid for the homegrown rival...

By Estelle Peard and Celine le Prioux 22 Dec 2017

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Singapore Airlines ups Cape Town flights to daily service

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be flying to Cape Town, via Johannesburg, on a daily basis from 26 March 2018, boosting its current four flights per week schedule...

21 Dec 2017

South African Airways and Mango Airlines rationalise product availability in domestic market
South African Airways and Mango Airlines rationalise product availability in domestic market

SAA and Mango, its low-cost subsidiary, have announced plans to rationalise their route network for improved efficiencies and optimal aircraft utilisation through a revised airline brand schedule...

Issued by South African Airways 19 Dec 2017

SAA to have less domestic flights as Mango's increase
SAA to have less domestic flights as Mango's increase

State-owned South African Airways (SAA) Group has set in motion its September announcement that it would rationalise the route networks of national carrier SAA and its low-cost subsidiary Mango...

By Neels Blom 15 Dec 2017

#SiemensAirDrop: Travellers from Joburg to Cape Town encouraged to exchange baggage allowance for water
#SiemensAirDrop: Travellers from Joburg to Cape Town encouraged to exchange baggage allowance for water

This festive season Gautengers will descend on a drought-ravaged Mother City, putting more strain on water supply. They will be encouraged to exchange five kilos of their on-flight baggage allowance for five litres of water...

12 Dec 2017

Always-on a must for South African digital travellers
Always-on a must for South African digital travellers

The digital traveller experience lets consumers take full control over all aspects of their holidays. Much of this digital transformation is driven by the consumer's desire to...

By Claude Schuck 11 Dec 2017

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IATA: Global passenger traffic bounces back

IATA's global passenger traffic results show October's performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September...

6 Dec 2017

All the winners from among the airport’s service providers at this Feather Awards event which recognises service contributions by the wider airport community.
O.R. Tambo airport climbs global quality rankings

Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport rose five places in the global quality rankings for airports in the third quarter of this year, following an intensified service drive-by management...

5 Dec 2017

Five secrets to booking cheap airline tickets
Five secrets to booking cheap airline tickets

The choice of low-cost domestic flights in South Africa has made air travel affordable to almost anyone. However, that doesn't mean that we are willing to pay whatever the airline is offering when we want to book...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 5 Dec 2017

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Tourism grows in prominence as African governments position the sector in their agenda

With improved investment and aggressive positioning in both the public and the private sector's growth agenda, the sky - for destination Africa - is the limit...

By Josephine Wawira 5 Dec 2017

Cape Town is UK's 'best city in the world' for the fifth year
Cape Town is UK's 'best city in the world' for the fifth year

British tourists have voted Cape Town the best city in the world for the fifth consecutive year...

By Dave Chambers 4 Dec 2017

Travel agents must comply with IATA's PCI DSS deadline
Travel agents must comply with IATA's PCI DSS deadline

Travel agencies that have not yet started this process may find themselves behind deadline, with potentially severe consequences...

30 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: Jeremy Clarkson introduces Emirates' new, game-changing first class suites
#NewCampaign: Jeremy Clarkson introduces Emirates' new, game-changing first class suites

Much-loved TV celebrity and motoring expert Jeremy Clarkson fronts Emirates' latest advertising campaign for its game-changing first-class private suites...

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2017

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Poor flight connectivity, strict visa rules make tourists avoid Africa

Travel agents and tourist service providers say it is important for African countries to simplify cross-border travel by easing and, in some cases, abolishing visa restrictions...

By Maryanne Gicobi 29 Nov 2017

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SA Airlink, Safair to apply for merger approval

Independent airline companies SA Airlink and Safair are planning a merger in which Airlink will acquire Safair...

28 Nov 2017

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