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."
Mango was last week recognised by the Airports Company of South Africa's annual Feather Awards in 3 of the 4 airports the carrier uses. It's OR Tambo International and Cape Town International airport operations were awarded for service excellence while in Bloemfontein the airline received accolades for its ground handling. In Durban Mango was a runner-up to a competitor.
The East London International Convention Centre (ELICC) has been awarded a five-star grading by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
The Wilderness Group in Namibia recently undertook an exciting new project whereby they tested a batch of new olive oil soap from a community project in Katutura, run by six HIV-positive women.
In association with its social development partner, Africa Foundation, and professional soccer player, Gordon Gilbert, &Beyond has launched its 'Footprints of Hope' walking safari challenge to raise awareness about rhino conservation.
As Rezidor Hotels prepared to open newly built Park Inn-brand hotels in Gauteng they withdrew their brand from their Green Market Square, Cape Town location because, according to a previous Rezidor executive, the owner wasn't willing to spend what would be required to bring it up to Park Inn's upgraded code.
The Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) managed to secure a number of major bids for local and international meetings and events in 2012. Amongst these are the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation conference, taking place in May, the 3rd Annual Biological Safety Conference (June), the International Small Business Congress & Expo (September), the 27th International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists congress and the 2012 Discop Africa Expo (both in October).
The Cape Town Diamond Museum has opened its doors to the public in the newly upgraded Clock Tower precinct at the Waterfront. It is the only museum of its kind in Cape Town and the first to pay homage to the extraordinary story of the South African diamond industry.
"Are we there yet?" Four little words that could drive any parent to tears. So take the boredom and frustration out of the car this festive season with a little help from Caltex's famous White Rabbit.
It's that time of year when many of us take our annual holiday - and for the lucky ones among us, that means an overseas trip. It also means negotiating airports, which can be a bewildering, time-consuming and frustrating exercise, especially if you're not a frequent traveller.
Business Live reports that for a mere R90 000 a night you can rent a lavish castle perched on a cliff overlooking the Noetzie River near Knysna. The Pezula Private Castle is fully booked for the Christmas and New Year period.
An international poll conducted by British Airways shows that Cape Town is the fifth most desirable destination in the world among eager travellers keen to get away for the festive season according to a report published by IOL Travel.
The Western Cape provincial government intends to broadcast CCTV footage of people dying or maimed in car crashes to raise road safety awareness during the festive season. The campaign, "Crash Witness", was launched by MEC for transport Robin Carlisle earlier this week.