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Unabridged birth certificate travel rule scrapped

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief after the Department of Home Affairs announced on Thursday it is amending its controversial rule that makes it a requirement for parents to have their minor children's unabridged birth certificates available before they can travel.

By Lizeka Tandwa 8 Feb 2016 08:21

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IATA: Lower prices boosted air travel in 2015

GENEVA: Global air passenger traffic jumped 6.5 percent in 2015 compared to a year earlier, boosted largely by lower airfares, IATA said Thursday. "Last year's very strong performance, against a weaker economic backdrop, confirms the strong demand for aviation connectivity," said Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

5 Feb 2016 14:13

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Sabie residents and tourists trapped by protests

Tourists and the residents of Sabie were prevented from leaving the town near Kruger Park yesterday when protesters barricaded all exit roads.

5 Feb 2016 11:00

Thanda Island - Villa Outside
Off the grid on a new private island

A new private tropical island will be opening its doors in April 2016. Thanda Island is the beach residence of Swedish entrepreneur and philanthropist couple Christin and Dan Olofsson and is situated within southern Tanzania's Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve.

5 Feb 2016 10:48

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Quantas' new Aussie inspired safety video

The new Qantas safety video showcases Australia through its destinations and its people. The short video features Australians from all walks of life talking passengers through the on-board safety instructions against the backdrop of locations across the country.

4 Feb 2016 11:47

Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
AviaDev Africa ready for takeoff

AviaDev Africa, launched in Rwanda this year, is a unique platform that brings together airports, airlines, hotel and hospitality investors.

4 Feb 2016 11:34

Yellow Backie: getting around Amsterdam style
Yellow Backie: getting around Amsterdam style

Yellow Bike, Amsterdam-based bike tour and rental service, introduced Yellow Backie: Amsterdam style hitchhiking. The initiative seeks to spark some love between Amsterdam locals and its visitors by embracing a famous Dutch custom - riding on the luggage rack of a friend's bike.

4 Feb 2016 10:45

Global hotel trend predictions for 2016
Global hotel trend predictions for 2016

In 2008, the global hotel industry was worth $447 billion dollars. It experienced a dip in 2009 decreasing significantly to $395 billion dollars, but grew again from 2010. It has experienced exponential growth since then. Early predictions for 2016 forecasts a global revenue of $550 billion dollars at year's end.

By Michelle Mangan 3 Feb 2016 12:18

How Andries Mabila got on track with tours and safaris
How Andries Mabila got on track with tours and safaris

Andries Mabila's first job was to protect his grandfather's herd of cattle. As they roamed the bush of Rooiboklaagte he entertained his brother with tales of the scrub hare and common duiker they had seen. An abiding love of animals was well established in the six-year-old herdboy, as was his keen eye for snakes. He learned to read animal behaviour, understanding why a flock of birds suddenly took flight or a little buck startled.

By Liesl Jobson 3 Feb 2016 12:00

Cableway's 25 millionth visitor is all smiles
Cableway's 25 millionth visitor is all smiles

On Tuesday, 2 February 2016, Table Moutain Cableway received its 25 millionth visitor. Due in large part to the record-breaking festive season, the latest million was achieved in just 13 months.

3 Feb 2016 11:51

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WTA nominees for Africa and Indian Ocean unveiled

World Travel Awards (WTA) unveiled the nominees for the upcoming Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016, the first event on the annual Grand Tour, to be hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on 9 April.

2 Feb 2016 14:23

Why is business travel so expensive?
Why is business travel so expensive?

Mikha'il Ernest, global sales and marketing manager at neXt,Travelstart, says "Travel, in most cases, sits on many a company's list of gravely high expenses and there is a reason behind it, besides the cost of travel itself being high. Travel agencies being appointed by government and corporates through RFP's/tenders and various other methods of supply chain practices are leaving procurement managers thinking they have scored tremendous deals with their travel agent."

By Cari Van Wyk 2 Feb 2016 14:00

A new era of choice for passengers
A new era of choice for passengers

Marking fastjet's newest international route in Africa, the inaugural flight between Harare in Zimbabwe and Johannesburg in South Africa took off on 1 February 2016.

2 Feb 2016 10:54