Fastjet leads on-time performance in Africa

Fastjet's on-time performance continues to lead all other African regional airlines. In August the carrier achieved a 90% average network on-time performance; exceeding the 90% mark for its sixth month. Considered one of the most consistently punctual airlines in the world, Fastjet counts amongst...

1 day ago

Ettore Bilotta redesigns Turkish Airlines' uniforms

Italian haute-couture designer Ettore Bilotta has updated Turkish Airlines' uniforms in celebration of its 85th anniversary. Bilotta crafted the uniforms in line with the traditional patterns found in artisanal Turkish glassware, as well as local ceramics and calligraphy, before combining these with...

2 days ago

Emirates expands daily flights to Riyadh

Emirates introduced an additional daily flight to Riyadh. The inclusion of the fourth daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving the Saudi capital to 28. The Boeing 777-300ER services the flight in a three-class configuration. Emirates has been serving the...

10 Sep 2018

Andrew Rogers leaves Aha in pursuit of personal business interests

Andrew Rogers has vacated his role as Aha Hotels & Lodges business development director. He intends on pursuing personal business interests. Before joining Aha, Rogers had founded his own real estate consultancy business.

7 Sep 2018

Flight Centre app aims to simplify travel

The Flight Centre Travel Group has launched a new app, which will allow users to local and international flights. The app will also allow users to plan a holiday as it provides tools that will enhance travel during a trip, including a built-in navigation system and an activities exploration feature....

5 Sep 2018

Swiss wants to know if there's a doctor on board

Swiss International Air Lines has introduced Lufthansa Group's special 'Doctor on Board' programme to its passengers. The programme identifies registered doctors on the passenger list and discreetly contacts them in the event of an in-flight medical emergency. The programme is aimed at ensuring...

4 Sep 2018

Travelstart wins PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Award

The 2018 PriceCheck Tech and E-Commerce Awards recognised Travelstart for its mobile shopping experience. The awards acknowledge South African people and businesses in e-commerce and technology. The winners are selected through a public voting stage and a panel of judges. See the full list of...

4 Sep 2018

First Group gives Port Owen Marina an upgrade

First Group recently gave the Port Owen Marina in the West Coast a R2m refurbishment. The upgrade forms part of First Group's R179m refurbishment programme currently rolled out at its properties countrywide. The marine resort has a newly built Italian inspired La Vita Spa as well as a modernised...

31 Aug 2018

GTIP third window applications to start in September

The third window application period for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) will run from 1 September-30 November 2018. The Department of Tourism, along with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), launched the GTIP...

31 Aug 2018

Marriott creates one loyalty programme

Marriott International has combined its three loyalty programmes: Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The rewards programme now operates under one set of benefits and currency, which includes the entire loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700...

31 Aug 2018

Swiss, takes Food to Gate

Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) collaborated with Switzerland-based food delivery platform to introduce its passengers to Swiss Food to Gate. The service allows passengers to order food and drinks online on their day of departure and have it delivered directly to their boarding gate...

30 Aug 2018

SANParks opens parks for free

South African National Parks (SANParks) for the thirteenth year is once again opening up its parks during South African National Parks Week with free, open access to all South Africans. The 2018 Annual SA National Parks Week is scheduled for 10 to 14 September 2018.

29 Aug 2018

FCM Kenya extends Travelport technology partnership

FCM Travel Solutions Kenya has extended its technology partnership with Travelport with the inclusion of its Universal API technology. With Travelport's API technology, FCM's new in-house agency booking system will now benefit from intelligent, fast, and accurate search of high-quality content from...

24 Aug 2018

Sanlam Top Destination Award winners to be announced in September

Discount Traveler will host the fourth annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay in Cape Town on 20 September 2018. The awards are designed to acknowledge South Africa's key players within the tourism sector and serves as a platform for nominees to compete for the title of...

23 Aug 2018

Princess Cruises to add another royal-class ship in 2020

Princess Cruises is set to introduce the Enchanted Princess royal-class ship to its fleet in 2020. The ship will take sail on 15 June 2020 and will make a series of European voyages. Bookings for her maiden season, Summer 2020, will open on 8 November 2018. The construction of the of the...

23 Aug 2018

Luxury Gold adds five more guided journeys to its offering

Luxury Gold has introduced five new luxury guided journeys with the launch of its new 2019 worldwide magazine. The Travel Corporation (TTC)'s chairperson Stanley Tollman curated these new travel experiences. Luxury Gold's total of 55 guided journeys includes trips to Europe, Britain, Asia,...

20 Aug 2018

Play Like Mum reckons British Airways is the best family-friendly airline

British toy company Play Like Mum named British Airways as the Best Family-Friendly Airline. The company had compared 20 international airlines on how easy they make the travel experience for families. Play Like Mum praised the airline for offering families pre-boarding, giving children their...

16 Aug 2018

The President Hotel introduces streaming in-room entertainment solution

The President Hotel in Cape Town has introduced a complimentary customised in-room entertainment solution to its guests. HotelFlix allows guests to log into more than 1,000 apps including Netflix, Showmax, DSTV, and YouTube to stream TV shows, series, and movies from their phones to the hotel room's...

16 Aug 2018

VFS Global, Ukraine extend presence in Africa

VFS Global has extended its presence to 10 African countries in an effort to strengthen its partnership with the government of Ukraine. The Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) recently extended its global contract with VFS Global in 26 more countries including Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda,...

15 Aug 2018 launches special queue-skipping offering

Local low-cost airline has introduced kulula Q-Jump. This new service provides passengers with the ability to speed through the boarding process and gives their baggage very important bag status. Q-Jump is payable when booking online, through the contact centre, or at airport ticket...

15 Aug 2018

Air Mauritius to introduce flights to Thailand

Air Mauritius will operate two weekly flights to Thailand per week from 31 October 2018. The flights will be operated by a mix of A330-200/-900neo aircraft. The flights will comprise a direct flight to Bangkok on Saturdays and a flight via Singapore to Bangkok on Wednesdays.

14 Aug 2018

Lufthansa flies SA to New York

German airline Lufthansa offers a daily flight from Johannesburg to New York and five weekly flights from Cape Town to New York. The flights are both operated via its Frankfurt hub

6 Aug 2018

Contiki now offers trips to Eastern, Southern Africa

Travel corporation Contiki has introduced trips to Eastern and Southern Africa to its offerings on the continent. Even though, Contiki had offers in Africa, Morocco and Egypt in Northern Africa, passenger surveys, social media, and third-party research indicated that travellers were interested in...

3 Aug 2018

SAA to operate new direct flights to Maldives

Starlight Holidays will offer packages to the Maldives after it was appointed as the sole general service agency (GSA) for the new direct non-stop flights between South Africa and the Maldives. The Air Tour Operators, South African Airways (SAA), and the Maldives Ministry of Tourism recently signed...

2 Aug 2018

Lufthansa Group reports revenue surge in first half of 2018

Despite the implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standards' (IFRS) 15 accounting standard, German airline Lufthansa recorded a 5.2% increase in its revenue in the first half of 2018. The airline's adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) margin is at 6% in comparison to...

1 Aug 2018

Emirates will now fly to Toronoto five times a week

Dubai-based airline, Emirates will be adding two more flights to its Toronto weekly service, creating a total of five flights a week to the location. The extra flights will be introduced on 18 August 2018 and will operate on Saturdays and Sundays. The flights are to be operated by the Emirates...

1 Aug 2018

Travelstart, Pep launch Pay@Pep

Customers may now pay for their flights booked on Travelstart at 600 Pep Stores nationwide. The online travel agency and the retailer have partnered up to launch Pay@Pep. Customers who wish to use Pay@Pep may follow the usual steps when booking flights on and select 'Pay@Pep'...

25 Jul 2018

OR Tambo International prepares to welcome BRICS delegates

The OR Tambo International Airport has been working with government agencies on operational readiness and contingency planning as it welcomes delegates who are attending the 10th BRICS Summit. At least 2,500 delegates, including some 20 heads of state, are expected to attend the BRICS Summit,...

25 Jul 2018

Google CEO reveals Google Translate's money-making potential

Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently revealed during Google's second-quarter earnings conference call that Google Translate has the potential to create massive revenue via ads. The CEO revealed this by explaining that there is a high amount of people likely using the translation app when they are...

24 Jul 2018

Spotify, Festicket collaborate to help find festivals you like

Engadget reports that music streaming service Spotify and online booking platform Festicket have joined forces to create Festival Finder; a new feature on Spotify that helps users discover music festivals based on their choice of music. The feature requires users to connect their Spotify account...

24 Jul 2018

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