August 19, 2010

Magical Mozambique – An African Island Refuge

If you want to escape the last of the winter chills and get a head start on your summer tan, then this trip to magical Mozambique is just what you are looking for! Less than a 3 hour flight from Johannesburg, Mozambique is the perfect island refuge - offering you balmy, tropical weather, warm azure sea and peaceful sunkissed beaches.

Marlin Lodge, situated on the south western shore of Benguerua Island, is a luxurious private island lodge offering the most gorgeous accommodation, delicious food, blissful spa treatments and explorations of Mozambique’s diverse ecological wonders, on land and in the water. You won’t find a more perfect African island refuge.

So shake off the winter cobwebs and indulge in some island luxury, just in time to rejuvenate you for summer!

For more information visit and watch Top Billing tonight on SABC3 as Aidan explores magical Marlin Lodge.

Are Travel Brochures Still Relevant?

"Are Travel Brochures Still Relevant?" - was the title of an article by that excellent travel information portal This is really a significant question and one we constantly challenge.

The author of the article offers a personal opinion, saying that "…In fact, brochures are the only marketing technique in recent years that has sold me on booking some of my travels through external sources". Since we are still producing printed brochures we are heartened by the opinion above.

Clearly with the availability of information readily available out there via digital sources, for free, the cost factor is the only real detractor - it is much cheaper to distribute information digitally than in print.

The main question for us is: Is the format of a typical travel brochure still hitting the spot? Should it be glossier with more images or should there be more information to read about a destination/package?

What do you think?

August 17, 2010

Update – BAA Strikes Called Off

Travellers can breathe a sigh of relief as the proposed strike by BAA employees has been called off. After talks yesterday, an agreement was reached between BAA and the Unite union regarding a new pay deal.

Unions will be recommending their members vote to accept the proposed settlement. Details of the pay agreement will be made public once staff have been advised of the new offer.

The planned strike would have spelt disaster for passengers moving through BAA’s 6 airports and has renewed calls to break up BAA’s monopoly of UK airports.

August 16, 2010

BAA Staff Vote To Strike

British Airports Authority employees, members of the Unite Union, have delivered a “substantial” vote to strike in a dispute over a pay offer. 74% of the BAA's staff who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.

Should the strike go ahead, firefighters, security staff, engineers and support staff will force BAA to shut down the six airports it operates, affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers moving through Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brian Boyd, said that “A pay offer of 1% plus the withdrawal of two payments worth over £1 000 is simply confrontational.”

Unite will be meeting with its representatives today to decide details of the strike action.

Courtesy TIR News & eTNW

August 6, 2010

15 On Orange Finalist In Best Of SA Awards

The African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel is one of only five finalists in the running for House and Leisure magazine’s 2010 Best of SA (hotel) awards. It is the only Cape Town hotel that made the cut.

The magazine’s awards celebrate the best hotel, spa, lodge and restaurant in the country as voted for by House and Leisure readers.

It is no surprise that this icon of style, in the heart of the Mother City, is so popular. The hotel’s contemporary architecture and design create a chic, urban space that is redefining the 5 star luxury hotel market in South Africa.

August 3, 2010

Travel With Your Furry Best Friend

Anyone who owns a pet knows the joy that their furry friend brings to their life. Recent studies have proven what pet owners have felt all along - that owning a pet considerably decreases stress levels, while simultaneously increasing happiness levels.

Considering the close relationship between owner and pet, it is no surprise that many people would love to take their pets on holiday with them. “Unfortunately, many vacation destinations are not designed for accommodating pets, and will therefore often reject the notion,” says Vanya Lessing, CEO of Sure Travel. “However, Sure Travel understands the importance that travellers place on being able to take their furry companions with them on holiday, and as such, has thoroughly examined local options”.

Fortunately South African destinations are becoming increasingly pet-friendly, with many establishments in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo now offering pet-friendly accommodation.

August 2, 2010

Protect Your Luggage Today!

Are you constantly worried that your luggage is going to get tampered with when you fly, both locally and internationally? Well Sure Travel has the solution to your problem, making luggage worries a thing of the past.

Sure Travel agencies nationwide are now selling Bbagzz, a nifty luggage security solution that completely encloses your suitcase, including all locks and zips. Each Bbagzz enclosure has its own unique identification number, offering additional insurance cover for your luggage for that particular flight.

The cover insures items either lost due to pilfering or ruined by damage for up to R 1 000 per item. Delayed luggage is also covered up to R1 000 per item, while R5 000 coverage is proved for total loss of luggage, with a R250 excess.

Every time a Bbagzz enclosure is used the insurance needs to be activated through SMS, using the unique code found on each bag. Standard SMS rates do apply when doing so, but free SMSes are also accepted.

Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing says that Bbagzz “will decrease the prospects of criminals attempting to steal luggage, eliminates the possibility of items going missing, and dramatically reduces the risk of pilferage and tampering whilst in transit. The unique Sure Travel branded packaging also results in luggage being more easily identifiable on the carousel. Any form of tampering, whether it is the removal or insertion of items, will immediately be evident when collecting your luggage,” says Lessing.

Miss Deaf SA Does Our Country Proud

Miss Deaf SA, Vicki Fourie, has done our country proud by being crowned 1st Princess in the Miss Deaf International Pageant 2010, held in Las Vegas last month. Sure Travel and its Bloemfontein agent threw their support behind Fourie, sponsoring her trip to the USA.

Before leaving for the USA, Fourie said in an article on Travelwires that “All the sponsorships I receive are greatly appreciated, and Sure Travel’s support makes me feel secure in the knowledge that I will arrive at the pageant in safety and in comfort. Their wholehearted support is certainly a major boost in my attempt to win the title for South Africa.” Fourie certainly flew the South African flag high, coming second place in the highly acclaimed, international pageant.

Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing commented that Sure Travel is determined to extend it’s parameters as a travel company by committing itself to worthwhile social causes such as those involving the deaf community.

Travel Alert: Bangladesh - Dhaka

Following an industrial dispute over minimum wage levels in the readymade garments sector, violent demonstrations were held in Dhaka, including Gulshan, Tejgaon and Ashulia.
Further violent demonstrations are likely between now and the beginning of Ramadan (12 or 13 August).
Travellers are strongly advised to avoid all large gatherings, and remain particularly vigilant around industrial areas.
Report Courtesy UK FCO