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Southern Africa’s Travel News Weekly

November 19 2008 I No. 2036

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Goodbye UK working holiday Chana Viljoen


HE UK working holiday is officially over for young South Africans as the British High Commission will soon stop issuing working holiday visas. From November 27, the UK is implementing its pointsbased Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5) and South Africa is not part of it. Ed Bossley, deputy director of visa services (projects) Southern, Eastern and Central Africa at the British High Commission in Pretoria, says South Africa was made well aware of what the requirements were to be included in the scheme, and it didn’t meet the criteria. The requirements included South Africa introducing a reciprocal scheme for young Brits, which Ed says could be difficult for the country to deliver given the current environment. A strong

relationship in terms of immigration and returning illegals between South Africa and the UK was also required, and this was not achieved. Ed says South Africa could still apply to be part of the scheme in future if it did make the necessary changes, unless a visa regime is imposed next year, in which case it is automatically excluded. Liezl Gericke, commercial manager at STA Travel, says the company has spent around R2,5m educating its target market about the working holiday. As a result, she says there has been a mad rush in UK working holiday applications in the last month or so. Applications received up until November 26, says Ed, will be processed and, if correct, applicants could still get a working holiday visa.

He says applications can be post dated for a maximum of three months. Those already in the UK need not worry. Ed says their visas will still be valid for the period they were originally issued for.

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Young South Africans who would like to visit and work in the UK still have some options, says Ed. Tier 1 of the Points Based System allows South Africans with a qualification and some work experience who have enough points to find employment in the UK for up to three years. This tier, he says, has minimal restrictions, so it would be a good option. Tier 2, being rolled out on November 27, is similar to the current work permit. It would require a company to sponsor the applicant who wishes to work in the UK. To page 16

How flexible are you? Until December 10, Mango is offering a 10% discount on all its Mango Flex (K class) and Mango Plus (G class) fares. Mango Flex is a fairly new product, introduced to provide business travellers with more flexibility (read more about it on page 6). The one-way, all-inclusive fares start from R489 for Mango Flex and from R645 for Mango Plus. Showing just how flexible Mango is getting is Nico Bezuidenhout, the airline’s ceo Photo: Mark Jackson-Moss

Better service from SAA’s call centres? Chana Viljoen SAA’s announcement that it will outsource its call centres has the travel trade concerned about whether or not the service they receive will in fact be improved. From December, the Dimension Data consortium will be operating SAA’s Reservations and Voyager call


centres. Bhabhalazi Bulunga, SAA gm: human resources, says the call centres are being outsourced to “improve productivity, efficiencies and ultimately the service offered to customers”. SAA says capacity will also be increased at call centres where necessary. However, travel agents are worried that outsourcing

the call centres could lead to staff who do not have adequate training and the proper information necessary to handle their queries. SAA says: “Additional training is in progress to refresh skills as well as train additional capacity.” The airline says it does not foresee any changes to the current operating hours.

Bhabhalazi says it is anticipated that about 250 SAA staff members in the two call centres will be affected. They will be transferred to Dimension Data but have also been offered voluntary severance packages. A letter recently sent to SAA customers said there may be some delays with queries while the airline continued

its discussions with labour on the implementation, but that contingency plans were in the process of being implemented. “We ask for your understanding and support during this transitional phase and assure you of our commitment to provide you with the most effective service possible,” it reads. ■


Downturn expected to hit package holidays Natalia Thomson

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ACKAGE holidays are likely to suffer the most as the result of the global economic crisis, says World Travel Market chairman, Fiona Jeffery speaking at this year’s event in London. “We have to face that in some parts of the world in 2009, fewer package holidays will be sold and those that are will undoubtedly increase in price.” Outgoing secretary general of the World Tourism Organization, Francesco Frangialli, echoed this: “We are worried but we are not giving in to panic. Our conviction is that tourism will


dampen the impact of the crisis and not accentuate or accelerate its effects.” Francesco rejected the idea of a stimulus package to kick start the tourism economy. “For 2008, the outlook is not negative. International arrivals up to the end of August registered a steady increase of 3,8% on an annual basis. Whatever happens, there will be positive growth in real terms.” Meanwhile, renewed interest is being shown in responsible tourism destinations such as South Africa. The Country Brand Index (CBI) released at WTM showed the country had dropped from the annual list

that reports how countries are branded and ranked according to key criteria. In last year’s CBI report, SA came third in authenticity, fourth in outdoor activities, fifth in natural beauty and fifth as a rising star. This year New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, India and Egypt claimed the top spots for authenticity, while Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Belize and Switzerland were cited for their outdoor activities. New Zealand, Maldives, Switzerland, Norway and Australia were revealed as tops for natural beauty and this year’s rising stars were the United Arab Emirates, Croatia, Vietnam, India and Cuba. ■

Ethiopian ups JNB-ADD capacity Tessa Blane


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ETHIOPIAN Airlines has increased capacity on the Johannesburg-Addis Ababa flight from November 15 to January 15 by introducing a B757-200ER and B767300ER on the route. Busera Awel, vp commercial, Ethiopian Airlines, said the JNB market had responded well to the Addis Ababa flight and the airline believed it was time to up the capacity. The route was previously serviced by a B737-700 and now with the larger aircraft, the number of business-class (Cloud Nine) seats has increased from 16 to 24 and from 102 to 213 in economy class. Pierre Du Plessis, sales manager SA, Ethiopian Airlines, said flights on the SA routes were generally full with travellers using Addis Ababa as a hub for onward flights to Europe and other regional African destinations. “The airline is growing and this route has been doing exceptionally well. Depending on how profitable the route proves to be from November to January, the airline will consider keeping the larger aircraft on the route.”

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Ethiopian Airlines is also looking forward to the arrival of its 10 Dreamliners due for delivery in 2010. “We have big plans for expansion on routes and frequencies despite the

current economic crisis. Ethiopian is also one of the few airlines that reported a profit for the past year (nett profit of ETB507m (R520m) from June 2007 to July 2008),” said Busera. ■

Get some Ethiopian rhythm! Pierre Du Plessis, sales manager SA Ethiopian Airlines (left) showed off his dancing skills at a traditional Ethiopian cultural dinner and dance show in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines hosted an educational trip to the capital on November 4 where it announced the new aircraft on the JNB-ADD route Photo:Tessa Blane

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Deep in the Malaysian Borneo’s rainforests lies Maliau Basin, the ‘Lost World’ of Sabah. A land with the wildest flora and fauna, filled with waterfalls, streams, rivers and the thickest of rainforests, you’ll feel like the first person ever to explore it. Danum Valley, 43,800 hectares of pure virgin forest and one of the world’s richest ecosystems, preserves many rare plants and endangered species. The days you spend here will be an adventure of a lifetime. There’s truly more with every visit. It must be Malaysia, where you can experience the warm welcome of Asia’s three greatest civilizations and other indigenous cultures.


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Open skies dawn in SE Asia Kathryn Jones

other EU city, and the entire market is regarded almost as one entity. HE 10 members of The Asean deal will see the Association of Southeast end of restrictive bilateral air Asian Nations (Asean) services agreements, which have signed a often constrain seat capacity, multilateral agreement frequencies and the number removing constraints on of carriers passenger and ‘The agreement is permitted to freight services fly between by 2010. expected to pave countries. Airlines in the way for a unified two Bilaterals are the region will aviation market by often blamed be able to fly to any major 2015, similar in style for keeping ticket prices on destination to the EU environment’ certain routes within southartificially high east Asia, with as natural competition is unlimited fourth freedom blocked from entering the rights between ASEAN fray when states protect their countries national carriers in this way. The agreement is expected The Asean members are to pave the way for a unified Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, aviation market by 2015, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, similar in style to the EU Philippines, Singapore, environment, in which carriers Thailand and Vietnam. ■ may fly from any EU city to any


Moroccan Mosaic Get a feel of the colour, smells and sounds of Morocco with Wild Frontiers. The 13-day land-only Moroccan Mosaic package costs from R14 175pps (additional €250 (R3 240) local payment). Taking in the sights are Wild Frontiers’ senior consultants Vanessa Bell (left) and Serisha Sewgambar Photo: Mark Jackson-Moss

Travelinfo,s Michele Reynolds selects the top specials from Travelinfo Iberia

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Airlines – Europe and Middle East special fares from R2 500 ex-Johannesburg. Minimum stay is seven days and the maximum stay is one month. Valid for travel until March 31. All tickets to be issued before November 30. Excludes taxes. Intrepid Bunda is offering a 15-day southern Thailand package from R6 695 per person sharing. The rate includes accommodation, local transport and some meals. Excludes flights. Valid until December 31. Origin Tours is offering a seven-night Seychelles package from R11 776 per person sharing. The rate includes return flights ex-Johannesburg, accommodation with breakfast and transfers. Valid from April 15 to October 31. Excludes taxes. Best Western Cape Suites is offering a special family rate of R999 per suite per night. The rate includes accommodation only. Valid from December 1 to January 15. Minimum stay is three nights.

for the record TNW apologises for inaccurate reporting in the article entitled ‘Get it right, SAA!’ in the issue dated November 12. Due to editing constraints, the full statement by Steve Oberholzer, co-owner of Travel Airscape, was omitted. The full comment is as follows: “As a result, this simple time change, which is allowed in terms of the rules, could cost more than double the simple change fee stipulated for that fare.” Steve suggests that an alternative is for agents to start issuing each sector for domestic flights separately so if a change is made on a sector, repricing only affects the airfare and taxes for one sector and not the entire

routing. This is obviously not an efficient way of working. “Alternatively the agent could delay changing the ticket until after departure, after which no repricing is required, but this is not possible if the outbound sector is changed before departure.” Incorrectly stated was the reference to how a time change should be processed. For a simple time change, the agent would have to charge a change fee plus VAT as a DU tax, then recalculate the airfare on the entire routing and charge any additional increase in airfare, and then reprice and charge any increase in taxes (mainly fuel surcharge). Not, as TNW mentions, for the entire routing. TNW3129SD

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Rezidor’s African expansion plans on track


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HE Rezidor Hotel Group has announced that plans for expansion in Africa are well under way. The company signed seven new hotel deals, four of which are under construction and will open over the next few months. In South Africa, four hotels are under construction: the 290-room Radisson SAS Sandton, which is set to open later this year, the 173-room Radisson SAS Port Elizabeth, which is expected to open early next year, the Radisson Blaauwberg Hotel in Cape Town, scheduled to open in late 2010 and, also opening in 2010, Rezidor’s midmarket brand, Park Inn, in Sandton.  Projects in progress in other parts of Africa are the Radisson Hotel Lagos in Nigeria, scheduled for completion by the end of this year, and the Radisson Hotel Dakar in Senegal, scheduled for completion early next year. The Radisson Hotel Bamako in Mali opened in September. Future projects include the construction of two Radisson Hotels in East Africa: the 209-room Radisson in Addis Ababa and the 245-room Radisson in Nairobi. Also on the cards is a sixth hotel in Egypt. The

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Radisson Hotel Cairo will be located in the Heliopolis area, next to Cairo International Airport. In Morocco, the Radisson Resort and Spa Saïdia and the Radisson Resort and Spa, Tangier are both scheduled to open in 2010. The group has also announced that an existing hotel in Libya is undergoing renovation and will be renamed the Radisson Hotel Tripoli. Recognising Africa’s growing potential and the lack of quality hotels in many countries, the Rezidor Hotel Group signed a €35m (R450m) financial joint venture agreement

to expand its presence on the continent, setting up Afrinord Hotel Investments, which provides financing or secured loans to companies owning and developing hotel and resort projects in Africa. “As a hotel management company, The Rezidor Hotel Group has identified a strong demand for internationally branded and operated full-service hotels and resorts in Africa,” says Andrew McLachlan, business development director of Rezidor. “With these development signings, we are now present in 53 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” ■

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few months. The joint venture covers a mix of leisure, golf, hotel and residential condominium and condo-hotel developments in South Africa and Mauritius. It is expected to create 300 000 sqm of saleable real estate worth around R5bn in the first three years. Neill says the partnership with the Trump Organisation, which was sealed some weeks ago, already has several projects in the pipeline. Donald’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jnr, recently toured various projects in Gauteng

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and the southern and Western Cape to assess potential investments. The Trump Organisation has interests covering hotels, resorts, residential towers and golf courses in major US cities, South America and the Middle East. Neill says: “It makes sense for them to look at projects in Africa too. The organisation has a great formula for success, enormous experience and an appetite for quality developments across the leisure, golf and residential spread. There is opportunity for all these in our market.” ■

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Mango gets flexible Chana Viljoen

which indicates that there is a migration of corporate travellers from legacy to lowcost carriers. Price-conscious regular travellers are also moving to lower prices.


ESPITE the economic downturn, Mango’s passenger numbers are still growing. Mango ceo, Nico Bezuidenhout, says this is because more and more corporates are turning to lowcost carriers. To cater for the corporate market, Mango launched Mango Plus, which gave passengers ticket flexibility without penalties, access to a business-class lounge, an additional 10kg checkedin baggage, a R40 meal voucher and 10% executive parking discount at OR Tambo International Airport. Nico says there has been a big uptake on Mango Plus.

Mango Flex

Mango has since introduced a new option, Mango Flex, for travellers who need flexibility when travelling. Nico explains that Mango Flex does not include all the “frills” of

What’s next for Mango?

Mango Plus but it allows the passenger to make changes to their booking without the administration fees. Mango Flex fares are typically R100 less than Mango Plus, he says. Nico says there is a need for products like this. He says the number of leisure travellers is decreasing yet low-cost carriers are full,

Nico says Mango would like to expand its routes in the domestic market, but that it first needs to acquire new aircraft to do so. He says there are currently some options, but that the time needs to be right. He also says Mango would like to strengthen its partnership with the travel industry and travel agency groups. Nico says Mango welcomes a stronger relationship, but that it is opposed to anything that would increase its costs. At the moment Mango is on the basic booking product on Galileo, and there is no interest to stimulate growth through this channel due to the cost involved. ■

attending conference, banquet and corporate functions. The venue offers hi-tech, stateof-the-art equipment. The centre has its own standalone kitchen and banqueting

facilities on the same floor. Parking is available in the hotel basement and on the top floor of the adjacent Mall shopping centre, with easy access via the adjoining skybridge.

Nico Bezuidenhout

To the point The Grace Hotel in Rosebank has officially launched its new conferencing centre. The eight rooms now occupy an entire floor, providing five-star facilities for 14 to 240 guests

EU may lift liquid limits on flights

EUROPEAN Union officials have said that the limits on the amount of liquids passengers may carry on board in their hand baggage on flights from the EU will be lifted by 2010, provided new scanners are in place that distinguish liquid explosives from harmless substances. According to Jens Mester, European Commission spokesperson, new technology is being tested in the US, Britain and France. He said they were confident that using the technology at airports would be possible by 2010.

Another delay for 787 Dreamliner

BOEING has confirmed that there will be yet another delay to the production of its B787 Dreamliner. Boeing originally planned the launch of the Dreamliner for 2007, but it has already been delayed four times due to problems with suppliers and parts shortages. Some airlines will now only take delivery of the aircraft two years or more after the original date.

KLM launches Amsterdam-Liverpool service

KLM is to launch a new service between Amsterdam and Liverpool. Effective March 29, 2009, KLM Cityhopper, the regional airline subsidiary of KLM based in Amsterdam, will operate the new service using a Fokker 70. Liverpool will be KLM’s 15th destination in the UK.

Join Speedbird Club and win

BA is urging travel agents to make Speedbird Club their first port of call when they need information or updates about the airline. To encourage agents to register and introduce friends to the information portal, BA is offering prizes and vouchers until the end of December. Speedbird Club includes the latest information on routes, products and services, reservation, ticketing and fares information as well as all the rules and regulations. There are also downloadable booking guides, prompts and brochures as well as useful links and contacts for baggage information, seat maps, destination guides and real-time arrivals and departures information. Registration is simple and automated and the more colleagues an agent encourages to register the better chance he or she will have of winning some of the prizes. For more information visit

Full throttle at Emirates’ T3

EMIRATES launched the final phase of operations from T3 at Dubai International Airport on November 11. The fourth and final phase launched flights to Emirates’ route network in the Indian subcontinent, east Asia and Australasia. From November 12, all Emirates flights will criss-cross its network, spanning 91 destinations on six continents, from Terminal 3.

SAA expands its codeshare with ANA

The codeshare agreement between SAA and All Nippon Airways (ANA) has now been expanded to include Hong Kong to Narita Airport, Tokyo, and central Japan. SAA entered into a codeshare agreement with All Nippon, a fellow Star Alliance member, in March last year for flights between Hong Kong and Osaka.

KQ offers direct Bujumbura and Kigali flights KENYA Airways will now offer more convenient connections and flights to Kigali and Bujumbura from Nairobi.  D irect

flights Bujumbura-Nairobi: Flight KQ470 will depart Nairobi at 07h50, arriving in Bujumbura at 08h30. The return flight will depart Bujumbura at 09h20, arriving in Nairobi at 12h00.  Direct flights to and from Kigali: Flight KQ472 will depart Nairobi at 12h30, arriving in Kigali at 12h55. The return flight will depart Kigali at 13h45, arriving in Nairobi at 16h15.  The second flight departs Nairobi at 22h15, arriving in Kigali at 22h40. The return flight departs Kigali at 04h00, arriving in Nairobi 06h30. TNW3151SD

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New baggage-handling service for SA travellers Jeanette Phillips


K-BASED courier service, First Luggage, has launched a baggage handling service for South African air travellers. Through First Luggage, travellers can send their luggage separately ahead of departure and it is delivered direct to the customer’s hotel or home before arrival. The service aims to make journeys to the airport easier, check-in times shorter and remove the need to wait at the baggage carousel at the other end.

The baggage is also couriered via cargo terminals rather than through the heavy traffic of passenger terminals. Electronic monitoring by First Luggage in conjunction with FedEx ensures the security of luggage. All items are tagged on collection and subsequently tracked up to 20 times while en-route to their destination.

Self-check facility

Travellers will also be able to check on the progress of their luggage by logging on to the First Luggage website using a unique password.

“The South African route was created as a result of extensive enquiries received by First Luggage, both from the UK and South Africa,” says Gideon Kasfiner, from First Luggage. “It was also felt that the nature of air travel in South Africa – where airports are often beset by luggage handling problems, including theft – meant that the time was ripe to offer a secure, convenient alternative to travellers to and from the country.” Bookings can be made online at www.firstluggage. com. ■

BA will weather global financial crisis Hilka Birns BRITISH Airways is well prepared for the current world financial crisis, which Iata predicts will see the aviation industry lose R48bn this year and R37bn next year.

Lin Glass, gm for SA, Angola, Mauritius and the Seychelles, says: “An oil price that has averaged more than US$100 a barrel, despite recent shortterm fluctuations, falling demand because of the

global economic downturn and declining consumer confidence, (has) created the perfect storm.” Fuel at BA now represents 35% of costs compared with 10% a decade ago. The carrier has reduced capacity

On the ball! Rugby fanatics will adore SA Sports Packages Rugby Springbok tour to Twickenham from November 21 to 23. Included in the package are return flights ex-JNB, return airport-hotel transfers, three nights’ accommodation in London with breakfast, return stadium transfers to Twickenham and official RFU ticket, from R13 466 pps. Fielding your calls is SA Sports Packages owner, Stephen Taylor Photo: Mark Jackson-Moss by 3% without compromising its network and ordered new, fuel-efficient aircraft for delivery between 2010 and 2014. The planned merger with Iberia and transatlantic agreement with American

Airlines, explains Lin, will mean discounted airfares, more convenient schedules and improved frequent flyer rewards. BA will soon add cellphone check-in to its online and self-service products in SA. ■     

We’re proud to advise that The Rosebank is open in style and splendour, with superb facilities and services. This brand new hotel boasts 318 rooms, each with tea and coffee making facilities, Sony Bravia LCD TV’s with 28 DSTV channels, Sony clock radios with an i-pod docking station in all suites, laptop friendly safes, fully functioning work station in all rooms, mini-bars, en-suite bathrooms with oversized showers, FREE wireless internet access (first 30 minutes free), salon quality hairdryers, individually controlled air-conditioning and double-glazed windows which prevent noise pollution. With 2 restaurants, a café and cutting edge bar, The Rosebank promises to keep you entertained both within and outside your room. ‘Fresh’, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant, serves lavish meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whilst the Butcher Block will tantalise your tastebuds with its sumptuous cuisine in an intimate and relaxing dining environment. The Circle Bar serves cutting-edge drinks boutique style, whilst The Rosebank Café offers artisan coffee, brewed by expert Baristas. The hotel offers easy access to the M1 and N1 highways and is located only 30 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and is also in close proximity to Johannesburg’s finest shopping centres. Seven Colours Spa, opening December, will revitalise and re-energise you with its impressive treatment selection, whilst Croft & Co. Boutique will ensure that you don’t go home empty-handed. Top this all off with a 24 hour Executive Lounge, Gym, outdoor rim-flow swimming pool, chauffeur service, a dedicated GUEST Relations officer and 24 hour room service and you’ve got the ideal hotel for your next getaway. Rate codes for GDS: Galileo – 97250 * Amadeus – JNBOS * Sabre – 33867


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Give your clients detailed information Scenario: A two-week Contiki-style trip for one adult to South America in January

Harvey World Travel, Cresta Shopping Centre

■ SQ reduces fuel surcharges

SINGAPORE Airlines has reduced fuel surcharges in business and economy class across all routes, effective November 7. Besides the length of the flight, the surcharges now also take into account the class of travel. The new surcharges are as follows:  Between

I’ve been to quite a few Harvey World Travel agencies, but this agency ranks top on my list. Although it was not yet open, Pam Cloete greeted me with a smile and ushered me in. She jotted down notes while I explained my request. Determined to get every bit of information, she asked questions regarding travel dates, passport details and requirements. After looking up information on the Internet Pam began mapping out a step-by-step route, explaining all the details, and included popular destinations she thought I might be interested in. Her knowledge of the destination was impressive. She said she had been to South America, which further inspired confidence in her suggestions. Throughout the consultation Pam engaged in friendly conversation. I left feeling my trip was mapped out, every step was organised and I was ready to go!

Singapore and south-east Asia the surcharge remains at US$36 (R362) in first class and drops to $32 (R322) in business class and $28 (R282) in economy class. B  etween Singapore and Europe or South Africa the first-class surcharge remains at $110 (R1 107) and drops to $105 (R1 057) in business class and $95 (R955) in economy class.  B  etween Singapore and North America the surcharge remains at $180 (R1 810) in first class and drops to $175 (R1 762) in business class and $170 (R1 711) in economy class.  O  n all other flights the first-class surcharge remains at $100 (R1 007) and drops to $90 (R906) in business class and $85 (R856) in economy class.

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■ More A-class fare destinations from LH

LUFTHANSA has introduced the following additional destinations to its A-class fare introduced in June: Athens, Malaga, Birmingham, Bucharest, Genoa, Istanbul, Lisbon, Oslo, Pisa, Sofia, Venice, Stockholm, Nice, Helsinki and Mexico. Firstclass fares are available from R53 990, excluding taxes and surcharges.

■ AF KLM launches

Sure Penzance Travel, Alberton

I was welcomed by a friendly consultant and after detailing my request, she went to fetch some brochures. When she returned, she asked if I could move to another consultant, who would attend to me. I then had to repeat my request, whereupon the new consultant confirmed that there were no Contiki Tours available in South America, but suggested I consider other tour options such as Gap Adventures. She went through a brochure with me and explained the different tour routes, prices and dates. She asked me how long I wanted to travel for and which areas of South America I’d like to travel to. She suggested I read through the brochures and then return to the agency for another consultation. The brochure was quite handy and helped to firm up my rather vague request.

Flight Centre, Alberton City

The agency looked professional and organised with plenty of pamphlets and posters on display. I approached an agent and she immediately began searching for information on her computer. Shortly afterwards, she explained there were no Contiki Tours available in South America and handed me several brochures on the destination. I had to prompt her for information as she did not volunteer any, nor did she try to get a better understanding of what I was looking for to suggest an alternative. I left with no quotes and no helpful information. The agent gave me her card and suggested I return for another consultation. The consultation was extremely rushed, short and unproductive. The only positive aspect was that the agent was friendly.



Pam’s top tips

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AIR France KLM has launched, a social network website for air travellers. Travellers signing up with bluenity. com will be able to share their top tips for hotels, restaurants and shopping anywhere in the world. According to the airlines, is unique as it allows customers of both airlines to make their flight schedule public and to get an update from other travellers about their flight arrangement. Travellers can meet online before they travel to arrange to share a taxi or meet up in a lounge. Other features include: Benefit from tips of other travellers and Air France KLM staff. advice and sharing travel experiences with other travellers.  C  ontacting and meeting other travellers throughout their journey. K  eeping in touch with members of their personal community. 

 G  iving is free of charge and is available in French, English and Dutch.

■ Minimum connecting times at T5

EFFECTIVE October 26, the following minimum connecting times apply at Heathrow’s T5: clients to be 2 Advise wary of locals who try to

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The sMile High Club The weird and wonderful! What’s the weirdest and wackiest travel enquiry you’ve ever received? We asked agents to send us their memorable enquiries, featured in this month’s sMile High Club column. The answers proved to be even more wacky, weird and unusual than we expected.

So, when does business class take off? “I kept a straight face and had to use an aircraft seating plan to explain to my client what ‘time’ business class takes off!” Monique Manley Uniglobe Bay Travel

How’s the weather? “I had a client who travelled to Washington in December 2006 to visit family. In July 2007 she booked another trip to visit again for Christmas but wanted us to call Washington Airport first to find out which days the airport would be closed due to bad weather so she could avoid travelling on these dates.” Brad Muir Burns Cunningham Corporate Travel

We’d like to drive please

Sandy Nienabe r, passengers Ca Willards Travel, would ‘cal rtoon: Ernst du Ple l’ the captain ssis to placate late

Call the captain!

“When I was team leader on duty at East London airpor t, passengers often ar rived so late that th e flight was al ready taxiing down the runw ay would often be or already in the air. They co both, and woul me abusive, hysterical, or d tain as they th insist that I call the capou that I could do ght there was something . After several of these enco unters I decided to ‘c all the captai n’ fro mobile in front of the passen m my ger. I would

“Wish I’d kept the e-mail on file for this instruction received from a client about three years ago: ‘Don’t worry to book a flight from Hong Kong to Taipei, we’d like to hire a car and drive there’.” Jill Joubert Thompsons Holidays

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have ‘lengthy co plead with the nver sations’ where I would ca desperate plig ptain and put the client’s ht. I’d even be to abor t take -off and return g the captain to base. I would then te the captain wa ll the passenger how sorr y s the point of no but that he had ‘passed return’. It mad passengers ve e the ry happy that I was willing to go to such le ngths to assi st them.” Sandy Nienab er, Willards Tr avel

Turning the tables For fun, we have been compiling this list for a while:

Houston, I have no brakes! One of my most weird and wonderful enquiries was: Mr X (very stressed and impatient): “Genine, I’m driving on the highway between Jo’burg and Pretoria at 140km/hour and I’ve got no brakes on the vehicle I hired through you. What do I do?” Me: “Hmmhhmm, Mr X. I really do apologise on behalf of so and so car rental. What I would suggest is you gear the vehicle down from fifth to fourth to third to second and lastly to first gear. You would be able to slow down this way and make sure you get a safe spot to pull over. In the meantime I will phone so and so car rental to replace your vehicle. Oh and Mr X, try not to hit other cars.” Mr X: “Ok, hold on while I try this .... hoot hoot #$%^&@#$% biep biep #$%@#$$%%#...hoot hoot #$%#@!%&*$$ ....OK ... I’ve stopped. Sjoe, thanks Genine.” Me: “No problem Mr X, we are always here for you”

Agent: How far is the hotel from the station? Me: 500 metres. Agent: How long would that take to walk? Me: *silence* Agent: Do you sell anything in Vikingland? Me: Sorry, where? Agent: Vikingland, you know, Helsinki and Stockholm. Me: Sorry, no. Agent: Do you do costume hire for the Rio Carnival? Me: No. Agent (miserable): Why not? I would have expected you to do something like that! Me: Well, it’s not a travel-related product. Susan Hollander Thompsons Holidays

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SA defaults trigger fear of Iata guarantee hikes Natalia Thomson Hilka Birns



RAVEL retailers say Iata should not impose blanket increases in guarantees to counter the recent spate of defaulting agencies in South Africa, but would support “stricter” controls. This follows industry speculation that Iata would be forced to introduce more stringent conditions such as higher bank guarantees to curb the trend. Iata has not confirmed whether it is planning such measures.

The Iata criteria for South African agencies, says Travel Assignment Group md, Jonathan Gerber, are already too strict on well-run agencies and not strict enough on badly run agencies. “I would not support stricter conditions (on agencies) but feel that the current conditions just need to be better managed for the benefit of all parties,” he suggests. Jonathan believes there’s more to a business then its financial status. “Issues such as reputation, length and standing in the industry,

To the point The Grace Hotel in Rosebank has opened its new eight-room conferencing centre, providing five-star facilities for 14 to 240 guests. The venue offers hi-tech, state-of-the-art equipment and

director CVs, customer base and type of business should also be considered when trying to determine who is high or low risk.”

Stricter controls

Claude Vankeirsbilck, Tourvest Travel Services director sales and global, says TRT would not like to see further barriers to entry, but that it supports “stricter control measures” to ensure “potential defaulters are detected earlier”. In SA Travel Centre’s opinion, says marketing manager Evi Zacharis,

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goes virtual Tessa Blane DINERS Club launched its virtual Travel Lodged Account Card on November 1. Diners Club now no longer issues physical plastic Travel Lodged Account Cards. The new virtual card aims to make online bookings and the use of self-booking tools simpler and more convenient. One of the new features is the introduction of a CVV2 number. This ensures greater security and better acceptance, particularly in the international travel arena. The design of the virtual card still includes the Diners Club brand and distinguishes between Phase I and Phase II. Details on the new virtual system and how it will affect Diners Club members will be published in the Diners Club monthly travel newsletter. Register online at http:// ■

financial training is key to minimising the number of defaulting agencies in South Africa. “Iata could assist in mandating that financial management courses are attended as part of their accreditation and affiliation processes.” This step, says Evi, will be supported as “the calibre” of agencies opening up in the market place would improve and ensure the industry’s sustainability. Asata ceo Robyn Christie agrees that it doesn’t matter what guarantee Iata requires from new entrants. If they

are not mentored or coached by industry they’re going to fail. “We have to embrace the process of hand holding to ensure these new entrants succeed,” says Robyn. Last year, Iata proposed two insurance policies that would make it easier for new agencies to enter the industry. The two products by different insurance brokers, said Iata at the time, would make it far cheaper to get Iata bonding. New agents would no longer have to lodge a deposit with a bank and the premiums were far lower than at present. ■

The ultimate for golfers Patrick Barta, the man synonymous with golf tourism, is putting together a novel golf holiday that will blow the socks off the well-heeled men and women who enjoy the game. Instead of taking South Africans to a single destination, he has used his international golf network to offer a round the world package in business class with stopovers at five destinations to play at trophy courses. Patrick reckons that with the RTW fare and his local contacts in each destination, the value will be unbeatable and the experience unforgettable. Patrick and his Johannesburg-based company, recently rebranded Golf Gourmet, has built his business on using golf as a passport for a really good time. The popular destinations at the moment for the SA market are Thailand, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. In Europe he finds that apart from the obvious attractions in the UK and Ireland, when it comes to the gourmet aspect, golfing in France and Italy cannot be beaten. Photo: Natalia Thomson


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Cruise lines add value to beat the recession Hilka Birns


RUISE companies are trying to stimulate demand with jawdropping deals to boost floundering sales following the worldwide financial crisis. Sales in the local cruise industry have slowed down quite sharply in the past month in the wake of the rand’s downward plunge, says Stewart Venn, md of Triton Cape Sea Travel. While there have been no significant cancellations, he says passengers holding big bookings are concerned about the exchange rate and cruise lines are allowing them to downgrade if needed. Stewart says higher income and retired and entry-level cruises have been resilient. Fred Olsen’s Cape Town-Southampton cruise in March is selling well, because many of its passengers are retired. However, the middle-income cruise sector has been quiet as people ponder whether they can afford a holiday. He says

it will be worrying if this persists from December to March, usually a busy time. However, as with previous global crises such as Sars and 9/11, Stewart expects cruise lines will stimulate demand with deals that will boost sales the following year. Cruises International md, George Argyropoulos, says already there has been a significant drop in the dollar prices of cruises. “I have not seen this level of pricing since 2002. Even when you convert to rands, the dollar prices more than compensate for the recent devaluation.” He cites a two-week cruise in Europe currently offered at US$50pppd (R505). He says cruise lines are also offering discounts, on-board cash for drinks or excursions, free excursions, gratuities or port taxes. George says: “Now is a time of re-alignment but certainly not a time of fear and inactivity.” He advises agents to position themselves to take full advantage of the economic upturn that is certain to follow.

Cruises International’s tips on how to weather the storm A dd value: Think of services and products that you may want to offer free when a client buys a cruise package. Perhaps travel insurance or a night’s accommodation before or after the cruise, or absorb the fuel surcharge.  Motivate your clients: After you show them what a great opportunity you have created for them, MOTIVATE them to close the sale. Offer an additional discount or ‘freebie’ if they commit by a certain date or show them what the monthly payment will be if they use their credit card budget facility.  Engage and excite your clients: 

Show them the destinations, the ships, the facilities, the value. After they have booked, send them an e-mail with port descriptions or information on the ship with images.  Communicate, communicate, communicate: It’s all very well to have all these great offers that give value like never before, but it’s of no use if you do not make your clients aware of them. Call them, visit them, send them e-mails, pamphlets and brochures. Organise a cheese and wine cruise evening at your agency, show them the latest DVDs and talk to them about the wonderful destinations. ■

Cruises International goes racing The 2008 Charity Mile recently took place at Turffontein Race Course in Johannesburg, with 16 horses racing for 16 charities, each represented by a different celebrity. Cruises International showed its support by sponsoring a horse that took third place and won R50 000 for the World Wide Fund for Nature. Pictured here: Tracey Krog (Cruises International product manager: Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Voyages of Discovery), Jenny Arthur (Cruises International product manager: the luxury portfolio), Anthony Delpech (jockey), Neil Andrews (celebrity) and Christine Suzor (Cruises International PA to managing director) TNW3199SD

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Regional growth on the cards for eTravel Natalia Thomson


TRAVEL will be the first ITC group to expand regionally. By March 2009, eTravel will have established offices in both Namibia and Botswana, says ceo, Garth Wolff. Currently, eTravel has some 160 ITCs nationwide, with the group’s coastal network rapidly catching up to eTravel inland. “The split between revenue is currently 48% coastal vs 52% inland with a further growth of 15% expected for the next year.” Investing in its coastal infrastructure, eTravel launched its Cape Town offices last month, offering 24 ITC offices, two meeting rooms, a boardroom and a pub. An Umhlanga office will come online in March 2010. A facility fee of R150, which includes access to IT, GSA, TNW and Docex, has remained the same over the past three years. eTravel, says Garth, is receiving increasingly more calls from full Iata registered agents who want to cut or do away with their Iata licence fees. “By joining eTravel,


A brief look at this week's hotel news Rijk’s Boutique Hotel joins African Pride

HAVING undergone extensive refurburbishment, Rijk's Boutique Hotel near Tulbagh in the Cape Winelands has joined Protea’s luxury African Pride Hotel portfolio. The five-star property – built in 1997 – is just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town and positions itself as a luxury weekend getaway. Guests can enjoy wine tasting at the nearby Rijk's Private Cellar, just one of many wine estates in the area that produce world-class wines. The hotel offers 12 superior suites and three two-bedroom family cottages with views of a nearby lake.

Southern Sun opens StayEasy Rustenburg

SOUTHERN Sun announced the opening of StayEasy Rustenburg on November 17. It is the group’s first hotel in the North West Province and is located close to major intersections and within walking distance of the Waterfall Mall. The hotel will run an opening special of R670 for up to three guests per room until January 31. The offer includes breakfast.

Relais changes address Garth Wolff believes the number of ITCs in SA will continue to grow despite the economic downturn Photo: Mark Jackson-Moss agents could save up to 40% of their current overheads, do away with audit fees, BSP monthly costs, Iata bonds and monthly accounting costs.” Garth is optimistic about the growth in the SA market and believes the number of ITCs in South Africa will continue to grow despite the economic downturn. “SA won’t feel the pain as much as the rest of the world because the economy is continuing to grow

in the run up to the 2010 World Cup. We will ride out the storm and are budgeting R660m turnover in 2009, with a 2012 target of R1bn.” The focus for eTravel in addition to regional expansion, says Garth, will be on technology. “By 2012 we will probably look at partnering with international technology investors to add a technology arm to eTravel.” ■

The Relais Hotels group has moved premises. The group is now located at The Piazza on Church Square on Adderley Street in Cape Town. The new phone number is 0861 RELAIS (0861 735 247) and +27 21 465 3530, and the new fax number is +27 21 465 3377. The new premises are located adjacent to the group’s Adderley Hotel.

Hans Merensky Hotel continues expansion

Hans Merensky Hotel and Estate in Phalaborwa continues to expand with recent changes to the property and building additions. ‘The Halfway House’, the hotel’s new golf clubhouse, is a double-storey building situated near the 18th hole. The top floor is still under construction and will open as a restaurant in mid-2009. In the meantime, the original golf clubhouse next to the new Halfway House remains fully operational. The new spa building is almost complete and should be ready for the soft opening in April 2009. A conference facility with the capacity for 500 people will be built and completed by February 2009. Plans are also in place to build a bird hide on the property within the next two months.

Cape Royale opens spa and wellness centre

CAPE Royale has launched its new Equinox Spa and Wellness Centre. The French boutique-style spa offers a variety of treatments, ranging from healing and relaxation therapies to beauty treatments, such as facials, manicures and pedicures. The centre also features a sauna, steam rooms and a large luxury treatment room for groups and special occasions.



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Responsible conferencing at Spier

SPIER Hotel and Conferencing in Stellenbosch recently launched its newly refurbished environmentally and socially responsible conference centre. In an effort to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, the venue provides alternatives to traditional conference facilities, including the installation of a whirlybird fan instead of an air-conditioner, a 20-litre mineral water dispenser to encourage the reuse of water bottles, and clearly marked bins for recyclable and non-recyclable items. In addition, Spier has taken steps to contribute to the local community. Conference delegates can now purchase their corporate gift selections from recommended local associations. A stationery collection basket will soon be placed at the back of the venue for the donation of Spier conference pens and notepads, which will be distributed to schools in the area. Meanwhile, conference menu selections will include fresh, seasonal, organic and local produce. All leftover food will be distributed to those in need in the community.


NEWS Holiday Homes offers peace of mind Natalia Thomson

One of the rooms at the new Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge in Madhyapradesh, India

Above &BEYOND delighting guests Natalia Thomson


ELEBRATED luxury safari company, CC Africa, surprised the industry with its name change to &BEYOND in November. The new brand, says group marketing director, Nicky Fitzgerald, had to combine the company’s bed and travel business and it had to work before the name of the lodges, so instead of simply Phinda Private Game Reserve, it’s now referred to as ‘&BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve’ in an effort to showcase the mother brand. “The rebranding process started 18 months ago and was based on the fact that the previous name, CC Africa, was far from ideal. ‘Africa’ no longer accurately reflected the company’s operating regions and we realised that delighting guests to make a difference was our core

focus. This is what enables us to make a difference, not the other way around.” Reaction to CC Africa’s name change has been mixed, says Nicky. “At least 70% say they adore it, 20% need more time and 10% have asked us if we’ve lost our marbles.” The company is now embarking on aggressive expansion plans both in Africa ‘and beyond’ to export the company’s “100% African spirit”, with the launch of an additional two lodges, Banjaar Tola adjacent to Kahna National Park and Pashan Garh near Panna National Park, in Madhyapradesh, India, by the end of the year. Nicky says &BEYOND also has its eye on a presence in Gir, the Asiatic lion’s last stronghold. Closer to home, &BEYOND will be looking at developments in Madagascar,

southern Tanzania and northern Kenya, near the pristine wildernesses of Marsabit and Lake Turkana. In August the company opened two new lodges in Botswana: &BEYOND Xudum and &BEYOND Xaranna in the Okavango Delta. Also on the cards is a circuit in South America, including properties in Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia. “Costa Rica is the closest wilderness to the US and by establishing a presence there we will be closer to our core market of the US.” Although 42% of &BEYOND’s market comes from the US, South Africa remains a fantastic market for the company, says Nicky. “We already have over 2 500 members in our Bateleur Club and offer great value safaris for South Africans through our Bush Breaks specials.” ■

THERE are no nasty surprises with Holiday Homes Africa’s 2 500 properties across the Southern African region. “All properties are physically inspected onsite so what you see online is what you get,” explains chairman, Glenn van Heerden. “All guaranteed and personally managed by Holiday Homes preferred agents, these properties range from coastal, inland, mountains, bush and cities, and from five-star to rustic.” According to Glenn, all

restrictions are listed on the site, including whether or not pets are allowed, as are details on security, the size and number of rooms, free or included services and facilities. Local contact is provided for arrival, emergencies and additional information and payment by all major credit cards or bank transfer is accepted. Holiday Homes Africa is a joint venture between RCI Vacation Rental Network and local partners. It has access to over 55 000 self-catering homes, villas and apartments throughout the world, in addition to the properties in the region. ■

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Real-time bookings with Dreams’ new IT system Natalia Thomson


UN International Dreams’ new tour operator management system, developed by ISO Travel Solutions, will automate and improve its existing reservations processes. The new system, says SID md, Erica Barrett, will help agents by enabling them to book a Sun International package in their office online with direct availability, thus “cutting their communication costs and allowing agents to be super efficient with their clients�. Dubbed ‘OCEAN’, the new system will provide Dreams with several important online connections. Flights can be booked online in the Amadeus flight reservation system, while Dreams’ own hotel properties can be searched and booked online. Flights and hotels can be dynamically combined in


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Senior Leisure Consultant Work for a market leader that is never short of business! Lovely work environment where you are rewarded for your passion for travel and sales skills. Packages as well as flights. Own car essential. Salary negotiable. Virushka Junior Leisure Consultant Want to work for a company that has a fantastic culture? Leading youth and adventure travel agency has an opening for a junior leisure consultant. Must be confident in your sales ability and enjoy working towards target. Lucrative commission scheme. Amadeus. Maddy Processor/ Junior Consultant Got a few months consulting experience? Then this is for you! In-house based in Sunninghill is looking for a consultant with Galileo experience to join their team. Great opportunity to grow and learn in a busy environment. Salary negotiable. Virushka Sales Executive This could be it! Travel software company has a vacancy for a professional, well presented and well groomed sales executive. Must be comfortable doing presentations at executive level and love working towards a target. A strong IT background is a pre-requisite. Salary is negotiable on experience. Lisa

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Senior Corporate Consultant – Stellenbosch Exciting work environment! Handle a large corporate account. Must be able to quote and book domestic, regional and international bookings. Galileo coupled with 3-4 years experience. Salary negotiable with medical aid and pension! Lisa

Accounts Manager Well known travel management company is looking for a finance manager to manage the accounts department and handle all aspects of the department. Must be a fully qualified bookkeeper and able to handle staff issues as well as the day to day accounting function. Quiktrav. Salary to R16000. Virushka Bookkeeper Vacancy for a junior bookkeeper to start January 2009! Minimum of 1 years experience to trial balance as well as experience assisting with VAT and SARS returns. Vibey environment that would suit a young and strong personality. To R12 000. Lisa Junior Debtors Clerk AA position. Fast growing family owned business in the northern suburbs! 1 years experience in debtors essential. Salary to R8000. Virushka Senior Creditors Clerk Temp Pretoria! Travel agency accounts experience essential and have a total of 5 years of creditors experience. Will prepare reconciliation and assist with general accounts when required. Will be working at an in-house in the CBD. Lisa Procurement Assistant Temp Randburg! Large inbound tour operator. Must have project work, procurement and logistics experience and be computer literate with good communication skills. Will be assisting with placing of operational equipment orders, curio shop orders as well as building material and project goods. Lisa Office Hrs (011) 884-9113 Website: e-mail:



F.I.T. CONSULTANT Creative itinerary design and Africa knowledge highly sought after. INTERMEDIATE/SENIOR CONSULTANT Happy relaxed ofďŹ ce with corporate/leisure mix – no Saturdays! CORPORATE CONSULTANT Senior position for go-getter with a air for International bookings. INCENTIVES/GROUPS EXPERT If you enjoy travelling and have sound Incentive know-how this superb opportunity could be yours! IN-BOUND CONSULTANT Deal with top-level International agents handling exciting travel within Africa. ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT Sound general ofďŹ ce know-how, basic accounts and ability to assist seniors well rewarded.

Senior Corporate Consultant – Boksburg Work closer to home! Strong corporate consultant urgently needed for an established and successful travel agency. Minimum of 5 years consulting experience on Galileo required. Handle a demanding client with ease. Highly negotiable salary. Virushka

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French visas – new system avoids queuing Chana Viljoen


HE French Consulate in Johannesburg says the appointment system it has just introduced will improve the quality of its service in terms of processing and issuing visas. Since November 12, all visa applicants living in the Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Lesotho are required to schedule an appointment. This can either be done online at http:// or through the call centre at +2782 234 4433. The Internet facility is available 24/7 while the call centre is open from Monday to Friday, 08h00 to 15h00. Vice consul, Jean-François

Robert, says the decision to introduce an appointment system was taken for a number of reasons. He says previously many applicants visited the consulate very early in the morning and queued outside the premises for a long period of time, which, he says, was inconvenient for them as well as for the consulate. “With this new system, our goal is to avoid queuing. Applicants who adhere to all the requirements should be able to spend less than 15 minutes in the consulate,” he says. Jean-François says the system will also ease applicant flow during peak times and in preparation for the future implementation of

biometric data, it will enable the consulate to deal with the increase in time needed to process an applicant’s file. The website and call centre are run by VFS Global, which will also be able to provide applicants with the necessary information for submitting an application. Applicants are required to pay a R90 appointment scheduling service charge to make an appointment for the date and time most suited, but subject to availability. “We can modulate the number of applicants we will take according to the period of the year. At this time of the year for instance, we have a maximum of 80 per day. Our maximum will be 160 during peak season,” says

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Jean-François. Although he says it is difficult to say at this point how far in advance applicants should make the appointment, Jean-François says in low season applicants should be able to make an appointment in two to three days during peak season. He says it would not make sense for applicants to make an appointment a month in advance. “If we see that the scheduling gets too busy, we will increase the number of daily applicants,” he adds. He says: “Applicants must get used to coming in person, not only at the French consulate but at all the Schengen consulates, as biometric visas will be mandatory next year.” ■

Clients must cough up Now passengers have the expense of travelling to Johannesburg to apply for a French visa and have to pay R90 for the privilege. When are we all going to stand up and say “NO MORE”? Air France, where are you? Can you not lobby your embassy to make alternative arrangements? They should establish a Schengen collection centre in each major centre where interviews can be conducted. All the embassies could hold their interviews and then applications could be sent to embassies for processing. Some enterprising visa service could set it up and run it. Veronica Cullis Owner and manager, 1 to 1 Travel

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‘We need more info’ – agents *Yes, it brings my work to a

Do you think airlines provide enough information for agents on theirgrinding websites? halt – 48%

*Sometimes – work is slow but the situation is manageable – 27% *No, my work continues as normal – 25%

■ Yes: 16% ■ No: 84% “Most airlines do not offer enough info on their websites, they want you to call them. They offer a cellphone number as the call centre (e.g. KL/AF ) and it takes 45minutes for someone to answer – totally unacceptable! Those are dreadful costs and only once clients have called airlines themselves do they realise what a battle we have every day!” – Inge Beadle, Corporate Travel Services “Would LX’s website, for instance, tell an SA passport holder making an online booking that they need a Schengen visa soon to enter Switzerland? This is vital info for passengers. I have not checked this out, though it is just an example of why travellers need a travel agent.” - David Barron, Sure Link Travel

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Liezl Gericke – upbeat about new opportunities to fill the gap Photo: Mark Jackson-Moss From page 1 This would, however, only be applicable in areas where the UK has a skills gap. Tier 5 also includes gapyear travellers and students. Ed says the option for South Africans to go over as students is still available and that certain changes have been made to the rules of a student visa. Students are allowed to work part time for 20 hours per week and during the summer and winter Cbreak M Y they can work full time.

Liezl says there has been a shift in interest to the United States and South America as alternative destinations. She says as a youth travel provider, STA Travel has to provide other options. She says young people are very resilient and will just look at alternatives instead of not taking a gap year. There is an incredible selection available to fill the gap that will be left theCYUKCMY working holiday, CMbyMY K so STA Travel is not overly

concerned. Liezl says for years there has been ‘tunnel vision’ about the UK for a working holiday, and this provides an opportunity to sell new and exciting destinations. “We know that the youth market is the most resilient. While travel in other markets is slowing, there has been a year-onyear improvement of 76% in youth travel. This shows that the youth market is still very much alive and kicking.” ■


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