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Cape Town gets 24-hour UK visa service

The British Chamber of Business has announced that Cape Town will be the latest recipient of a 24-hour visa turnaround service. This service was previously only available to applicants from Tshwane and Johannesburg. Speaking to BusinessTech, Ryan Rennison, managing director of UK-specific immigration consultancy Move Up, said, “It was encouraging to hear directly from other…
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Mandela Day 2019 – 67 minutes of Cleaning for our Community

XL Millennium has been a part of the Goodwood community for over 20 years.  Our office, our employees and even some of our suppliers all form part of this community. For Mandela day 2019, we decided that it would be appropriate to give back to our wonderful community by assist with clearing up the litter…
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XL Millennium Travel named as a finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards

In a recent release, Topco Media announced the finalists for the 16th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. As a leader in gender empowerment, XL Millennium Travel has been nominated in the TOP GENDER EMPOWERED COMPANY: TOURISM category. As one of South Africa’s most prestigious gender-empowerment events, the Standard Bank Top Women Awards recognises those…
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Macau Airport standardises check-in closing time

Macau International Airport has standardised its check-in service from August 5, with all check-in counters across the airport closing 60 minutes before flight departures. This arrangement follows a new security requirement as part of the Hold Baggage Screening process required by ICAO and local authorities. The airport is working on modifying its existing hardware and…
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Etihad starts charging for snacks in economy

Etihad Airways is now charging economy-class passengers for snacks and drinks outside of the scheduled meal service. The airline’s Sweet or Salty retail menu includes Kit Kat bars for US$3 (R43), and blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies for $5 (R71) each. Larger snacks such as lasagne and chicken curry cost $7 (R99). Drinks, such…
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New travel requirement for visitors to New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand is introducing a new travel requirement for some visitors to New Zealand. Effective 1 October 2019, travellers from 60 visa waiver countries will need a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). This means that the change will only apply to passport holders from countries that currently do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand. Please…
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Comair increases domestic frequencies

Passengers on British Airways (operated by Comair) will be able to enjoy increased flight frequencies from mid-September. BA will operate 34 additional flights a week on routes serviced from Johannesburg – Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth – as well as between Cape Town and Durban. The flights are now available for booking. Shaun Pozyn,…
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Hertz welcomes debit cards in Europe

Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty customers can now rent a car using a Debit MasterCard from any country of origin across selected European locations. They are Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Slovakia, mainland Spain and the UK. When customers pay with a debit card a pre-authorised deposit is taken to cover the…
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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott opens in Durban

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge has officially opened, making it the first Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotel in KwaZulu Natal and the fourth in South Africa. The hotel is in Umhlanga, just north of Durban, and a short drive from King Shaka International Airport. Previously a Protea Hotel by…
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France to introduce eco-tax on airlines

France will introduce an eco-tax on all outbound flights from 2020, as reported by Business Insider. Elisabeth Borne, the country’s transport minister, announced that there would be a tax of €1,50 (R24) on economy-class tickets and €9 (R143) on business-class tickets for domestic flights and those within Europe. Business-class tickets to points outside the European Union…
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