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BCD a finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards

BCD Travel has been nominated in the Top Gender Empowered Organisation: Tourism category in the 16th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. The Standard Bank Top Women Awards recognises those organisations and individuals whose efforts are uplifting women in business and society in general. BCD Travel has placed a focus on providing opportunities for women in the workplace and says it...

MSC adds second ship to SA season

MSC Cruises will be bringing two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. This will mark the first time that two different class MSC Cruises ships (Lirica and Musica Class) will be deployed in the country simultaneously. From December 2020 to March 2021, MSC Opera, which will be homeported in Cape Town, will join MSC Musica, homeported in...

Have your say in ASATA’s survey

If you are a South Africa-based frequent business traveller, the Association of South African Travel Agents wants to know what you like and dislike about business travel, and about some of the key factors that impact your level of satisfaction with business travel. Before you pack your bags, please take a couple of minutes to complete the definitive online survey...

SAA strengthens presence in Ghana

South African Airways is strengthening its presence in Ghana by increasing weekly frequencies from 9 to 10 flights between Johannesburg and Accra, and by launching a daily service between Accra and Washington DC, with effect from 5 September. All services to Washington DC commence in Johannesburg with a short stopover in Accra. SAA is also examining new opportunities to connect Dakar...

Town Lodge Umhlanga Opens in KZN

The Town Lodge Umhlanga has opened, bringing the number of hotels in the City Lodge Hotel Group to 61. The Town Lodge Umhlanga is located on the corner of Umhlanga Ridge Boulevard and Meridian Drive in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and close to sister properties, the City Lodge Umhlanga Ridge and the Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge. Town Lodge Umhlanga has 154 rooms, two...

Back to the future of travel

‘Analogue is the new digital’. That’s the expression trend analysts use to describe today’s general shift away from impersonal technology and services to those with a (real) human touch. But we see a more blended scenario when it comes to professional corporate travel services. We know that the corporate traveller of today demands real-time updates and fast, online booking channels...

An Eye on West Africa

Lagos has a population of some 20 million people (estimates differ, but that seems to be a rough average). It accounts for around 40% of Nigeria’s GDP, it’s got the busiest airport by far, seaports, and several local conglomerates and multinationals are based there. The list goes on – yet the city is averaging just one branded hotel opening a...

Marriott and Emirates Strengthen Partnership

Marriott International and Emirates have relaunched Your World Rewards, a partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and Emirates Skywards. The partnership allows Marriott Bonvoy and Emirates Skywards members who register for the programme to elevate their earnings and benefits when they fly with Emirates or stay at Marriott International hotels around the globe. Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador...

Flight Centre Travel Group embarks on new tech

South African travellers will soon have access to a seamless all-in-one travel shopping experience when Flight Centre Travel Group South Africa launches its new technology initiative, across its network and websites. The new web-based technology will allow online customers to book a wide range of travel content, from tours to accommodation on a single platform featuring the best direct rates. FCTG...

BON Hotels Enters Kruger National Park

Overlooking the Sabi River, Leopard Sands River Lodge by BON Hotels is set to launch in the latter part of 2019. The lodge is located in the prime area of the Kruger National Park, only minutes from the Kruger Gate entrance. The lodge has 18 luxury units, all equipped with private plunge pools. It also boasts an elevated restaurant that gives guests...

Isibindi Launches Zambezi River Property

Tsowa Safari Island, located in the Zambezi National Park, is Isibindi Africa Lodges’ newest property. The main camp features a stylish lounge and dining area, with open sides that overlook the Zambezi. The six eco-sensitive luxury tents have minimal environmental impact and blend into the surroundings. The lodge also has two swimming pools and a sunken firepit. While the island is remote, it’s...

Radisson Hotels launches new website

Radisson Hotel Group is launching its new multi-brand and mobile-first global website, RadissonHotels.com, which also serves as the platform for Radisson Rewards members.   Complementing the revamped site will be the Radisson Hotels App, available by the end of July.   The enhanced RadissonHotels.com allows guests and loyalty members to explore the group’s entire portfolio of more than 1,100 hotels worldwide, and book...