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Virgin Atlantic, GOL announce codeshare

Virgin Atlantic and GOL have signed a codeshare agreement that allows customers better connections between Virgin Atlantic’s new London Heathrow-São Paulo service on to flights across Brazil. The agreement will offer connections via GOL’s extensive domestic network to 37 destinations across Brazil, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. The two airlines plan to expand…
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Singapore introduces new wellness menus

Singapore Airlines has partnered with wellness brand COMO Shambhala to create new meals on selected flights from this month. The dishes have been created to alleviate travel-induced stresses such as fatigue, as well as promote good digestion and circulation. Offerings include spiced buckwheat and pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, coconut poached fish for dinner, and COMO…
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Radisson opens two properties in NYC

Radisson has opened two properties in New York, both in Manhattan. The Radisson Hotel New York Midtown-Fifth Avenue features 230 rooms and suites and offers WiFi, a gym and a 24-hour business centre as well as four meeting and function rooms. The property is close to Times Square, Central Park and the Rockefeller Center. Radisson…
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Brexit won’t affect UK-based airlines, says EU

UK-based airlines will be able to continue operations to EU destinations until at least October 2020, regardless of any decisions made about Brexit. In its 6th Brexit preparedness communication, the European Commission has proposed to extend legislation to allow UK-EU flights to continue flying until October 24, next year. The agreement had originally been until March…
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Virgin Atlantic takes flight with new logo

Virgin Atlantic recently unveiled its first “diverse” flying lady logo. The airline announced in April that its original pin-up, firmly out of fashion in her risque garb, would be replaced with men and women “representing modern Britain”. And so, leaping off the side of its new Airbus A350, is an icon of a black woman…
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Namibia airport to be renamed

The Namibia Airports Company is in the process of renaming Ondangwa Airport (OND) in the Oshana region of the country. The airport will be renamed Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport. Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo was a Namibian anti-apartheid activist and politician who served in senior government positions, including Minister of Mines and Energy,…
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Domestic gets Delight-ful

Virgin Atlantic’s Economy Delight is now available for booking as a through-fare. The product can now be purchased from domestic points of sale with Virgin’s partner interline airlines SAA, BA Comair and kulula.com, and is available in the SME, nett and published markets for agents. “We have worked hard to open this up to agencies,…
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Online portal for tourism visa applications now open

The immigration authority in Angola has opened an online portal for foreign nationals to submit tourist visa applications. This follows the launch in July of the Tourism Visa for business and tourist trips, which has replaced the Ordinary Visa. The Tourism Visa is available for business visitors travelling for prospective business opportunities and for tourists…
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SA Tourism embarks on global roadshow

As South Africa looks to increase its international tourism arrival numbers, South African Tourism along with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) will embark on a global roadshow to engage with key travel and trade stakeholders. Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa challenged the South African tourism industry to grow its numbers to 21 million international visitors…
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Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, further eroding a heavily criticized male guardianship system at a time of heightened scrutiny over its human rights record. A series of royal decrees now stipulate that a Saudi passport should be issued to any…
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