July 28, 2010

Travel Slow And Like A Local

There has been a shift in the mind-set of travellers globally with current travel trends showing that slow travel, as it has been termed, is becoming more and more popular. Travel trends show that rather than focusing on multiple destination experiences, travellers prefer to fully explore a destination at their own pace, immersing themselves in the local life and culture.
An article on the South African tourism website, entitled “Slow Travel Gains Favour” describes how the stress of modern travel has meant that more and more travellers are wishing to travel slowly, experiencing the destination as a local would.
Slow travel certainly doesn’t imply a holiday that’s slow-paced and unexciting. It’s about getting the feel of a place, and wanting to experience an area rather than just visit it. These trips often focus on less familiar destinations and off-the-beaten-track experiences and offer frequent opportunities to interact with the local communities.
So next time you’re planning your holiday, take care not to jam pack the itinerary full of activities. Take your time, travel as much like a local as possible and chances are you will leave with more enjoyable and rewarding memories than you thought possible.

July 21, 2010

Use Accredited Operators

In an article on TravelMole, titled "More failures to come, warn travel experts-20 July, 2010", the author discusses the failure of prominent, UK, travel operator Goldtrail's failure.

With a shrinking outbound market the article goes on to warn customers of the merits of dealing with properly accredited operators to protect against any such sudden failure of the business.

July 20, 2010

Travel Alert: France - Air Traffic Controllers Strike

Significant disruption of French airspace is expected from 19 - 22 July, due to industrial action by air traffic controllers.
A strike by French air traffic controllers is disrupting flights into and out of France.
France's civil aviation authority has asked airlines to cancel 20 per cent of flights at Charles de Gaulle airport and 50 per cent at Orly airport on Wednesday 21 July.
The industrial action is expected to end at 0700 (CET) on Thursday 22 July.
Travellers are advised to contact their airline companies for specific information.
Report Courtesy UK FCO

July 13, 2010

Welcome To The Sure Travel Blog: A Bit About Us

Company Info

Formed in 1979, SURE TRAVEL has grown steadily to become Southern Africa's largest independent single travel agency brand:

  • Currently 106 offices
  • 13% of the Southern African travel market
  • Turnover in 2008 in excess of R2.0 billion

The Sure Travel brand has grown from strength to strength. Our Sure Travel agencies offer a one stop shop, arranging for you: airfares, visas, accommodation, holiday packages, car hire, cruises, escorted tours and so much more…

To locate your nearest Sure Travel agency call:
0861 47 48 49 (from a Gauteng land line)
0861 67 68 69 (from the rest of South Africa)

Big Enough to Give You the Best Deals - Small Enough to Care

SURE TRAVEL agencies are all independent owner-managed businesses - we are not a large, faceless corporation. Our owners are passionate about travel and about providing superior customer service. You're dealing with people who are travel enthusiasts and who have a real interest in your business - not people for whom this is just another job.
And because it's their own business, you will find that SURE TRAVEL agents are really interested in getting and keeping yours - we're not only interested in multi-million rand travel accounts.

SURE TRAVEL's Unique Strengths

SURE TRAVEL has the largest agency network of any travel agency brand in Southern Africa. We are conveniently positioned throughout the region to service your needs. SURE TRAVEL through its sheer size and centralised buying power has been able to secure a range of specially negotiated rates, ensuring that you get the most competitive prices and fares in the market - corporate or leisure, local or international.Working smarter - Industry-leading travel technology solutions and tools give SURE TRAVEL agents the ability to provide even higher levels of productivity and customer service delivery. South African, and proud of it - SURE TRAVEL has its roots in this country, our business model is home-grown and our ownership is South African. We have a thorough understanding of the local marketplace and an in-depth knowledge of the Southern African travel industry - we do not import foreign philosophies and systems not suited to the local market.