Month: June 2019

When in Rome… New tourist laws you should know about

Be it topless tourists or dressed-up locals looking to make a quick buck, Rome is fed up with the dark side of overtourism. City authorities will be cracking down on idiotic behaviour stemming from the tourism industry, like people jumping into the city’s famous Trevi Fountain to messy eating on the steps of historical monuments…
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Sydney launches airport assistance

Sydney Airport has partnered with Medical Travel Companions (MTC) to provide extra assistance for a wide variety of passengers’ needs. MTC’s professional travel companions assist passengers, including families with young children, people with disabilities, elderly travellers and passengers recovering from injury or surgery, throughout the airport journey. The service will help streamline the air travel…
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A cup of coffee with… Leanne Nel, General Manager, XL Millennium Cape Town office

This month we have a cup of coffee with Leanne Nel, General Manager of our Cape Town office. Q: When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? A: Having two small children, this is a luxury I don’t usually have, but if I do get a few minutes I will…
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The Digital Travel Assistants are here!

The new digital customer service, or Chatbots, offer flight statuses, gate information and luggage allowance. All passengers on Lufthansa, SWISS and Austria Airlines now have access to digital assistance via the Facebook Messenger App. The Bots Elisa (Lufthansa), Nelly (SWISS) and Maria (Austrian Airlines) are named after the first female flight attendants of each 3…
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The Chelsea Flower Show – Kirstenbosch Gardens win again!

The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (Sanbi) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden received its 37th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show exhibit has represented South Africa’s diverse floral kingdom at the annual flower show for 44 years. This year’s exhibit displayed cutting-edge design, which featured a slate mountain,…
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The world’s shortest A380 flight

Fancy a trip to Oman? And perhaps fly on the double-decker A380? Now you can do both with the world’s shortest route for the biggest plane in the world, operated by Emirates. As part of their summer schedule, the airline announced it will be launching double daily flights between Dubai and Muscat on the A380…
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Big SA hotel group launches budget brand

Tsogo Sun is launching new ‘limited service’ hotels in South Africa called hi Hotels. These new hotels will fall into the same portfolio segment as the group’s other select service brands, Sun Square, Garden Court and StayEasy. The first development is underway in Montecasino, a 123-room site that will launch in December 2019, with a…
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US visas- think before you tweet!

The US State Department now requires nearly all applicants for US visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. The US Embassy has confirmed that it has updated its immigrant and non-immigrant visa forms to request additional information, including ‘social media identifiers’, from applicants. The new visa application forms list…
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Number 1 airport in Africa

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) was named Africa’s Leading Airport for the third consecutive year at the 26th World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held in Mauritius on Saturday.  Cape Town International Airport is managed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and is the third largest airport in Africa and global travellers continue…
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Air Seychelles launches daily service from SA

South Africans who have been wanting to visit the visa-free Seychelles, now have even more access to the popular tropical destination.  Air Seychelles has just increased capacity to a new daily service between the Seychelles and Johannesburg. Flight HM061 from Seychelles to Johannesburg will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 16 business class…
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