June 21, 2011

New Eco Spa For Protea Hotel Midrand

Are you in need of a little pampering to escape from busy city life? Now you can relax at the Mmathibedi Eco Spa that has just opened at the 4-star Protea Hotel Midrand, situated half way between bustling Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The Mmathibedi Eco Spa is a truly African spa that strives to create a place where the mind, body and soul can be in a state of total peace and wellness and where the spa experience is a way of life rather than a luxury. The spa offers a range of treatments including facials, massages, tinting, manicures and pedicures.

As befits a 4-Star Protea Hotel, plush elegance is evident from the moment you enter. The beautifully landscaped garden and spacious foyer with its sophisticated combination of Italian granite, cherry wood finishes and lofty glass and wood rafted ceiling welcome you in to this tranquil haven.

May 27, 2011

Protea Hotels Voted The Coolest Hotel Group

What do Protea Hotels, Blackberry, Aquafresh, Doritos and Facebook have in common? They have all been voted the coolest brands by the local youth market in the annual Sunday Times Generation Next 2011 Brand Survey awards.

Protea Hotels was named the coolest hotel group brand, followed by Sun International and Southern Sun. The awards acknowledge the brands, selected by Generation Y (between the ages of 8 and 22), as the coolest in the local youth market. The coolest brand overall title of the year went to Blackberry.
As the buying force of tomorrow and with over 50% of South Africans under the age of 23, knowing what the youth think is cool has become paramount for brands wishing to succeed.

The survey illustrated young consumers’ brand preferences: They choose brands which they think are cool (irrespective of financial constraints), technology is as important as ever, they consume snippets of bite-sized information and they demand a connection – they have to really know the brand in order to choose them.

The survey will be available as a supplement in the 29 May 2011 edition of The Sunday Times.
To view the full list of winners see this article on BizCommunity.

May 19, 2011

Sure Zorgvliet Travel Wins SA Tourism Welcome Award

Warmest congratulations to Sure Zorgvliet Travel on winning the prestigious Travel Agency category of the 2011 South African Tourism Welcome Awards! The annual Welcome Awards recognise exceptional performers in the local tourism industry for service excellence and innovation.

Established in 2005, the Welcome Awards select overall winners across 9 categories for their consistency in delivering customer experiences that capture the warm South African welcome and service excellence standards that embody South Africa’s unique offering to local and international travellers.

This year’s glitzy awards ceremony was held on the 8th of May during Indaba 2011 and was attended by high profile guests such as the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, and the CEO of SA Tourism, Thandiwe January-Maclean with Jo-Ann Strauss as the MC for the evening.

Lilanie Janse van Rensburg, General Manager of Sure Zorgvliet Travel, said that they are ecstatic on receiving the award. “This award is the equivalent to receiving an ‘Oscar’ in the travel industry! This is proof that we offer the highest quality service in the industry and the recognition received underpins the importance of service delivery and consistency. It also serves as a benchmark for our service levels to continue to improve. We will definitely not rest on our laurels!” said Lilanie.

May 5, 2011

Live It And Love It In The Best Destination In The World!

Capetonians have always believed that their city is simply the best place to be, and now 45 million travellers across the world agree. Cape Town has been named the best destination in the world in the TripAdvisor 2011 Travelers Choice Destination Awards.

The Mother City’s Blaauwberg Beach, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Robben Island are named as just some of the attractions the city has to offer.

Cape Town is the only African city to feature on the 2011 List. Sydney, Australia, and Machu Picchu, Peru, are in second and third place respectively. Click here to see the full list

TripAdvisor has become the world’s most trusted travel advice site featuring over 45 million traveller reviews on everything from hotels and resorts to travel packages and guides.

March 30, 2011

Sure Travel Nominated For World Travel Awards

Sure Travel has been nominated for three 2011 World Travel Awards:
- Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency
- South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company
- Africa’s Leading Travel Agency

The World Travel Awards are the Oscars of the travel industry, acknowledging and recognising excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry since 1993. Votes are cast in over 160 countries around the world.

Sure Travel’s corporate division, Sure Corporate, won the 2007 award for Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency.

Industry professionals and members of the public can vote in the awards. Click here to register to vote for Sure Travel.

February 10, 2011

MSC/Starlight Offers 50% Off Selected Cruises

Save 50% on your cruise holiday! MSC/Starlight is offering passengers a hefty saving of 50% off the cruise fare for two people sharing, on selected MSC Sinfonia cruises from Durban. The special offer is available on selected departure dates only, until April 2011.

Marrketing Director for MSC/Starlight, Allan Foggitt, explained the thinking behind the move: "During the peak holiday season of December and early January, many hundreds of passengers were disappointed to find that the cruise they would have liked to join was fully booked. We're saying to them that the ideal cruising season is far from over. The stereotypical 'December Holiday Cruise' can be just as enjoyable in March or April, and to incite people to change the way they look at the 'right' time to cruise, we're going to sell a limited number of cabins on certain cruises at half price. We believe this will open the eyes of cruise lovers to the joys of cruising when the big rush is over."

With this fantastic offer, a 3 night cruise from Durban can cost as little as R2 330 per person (plus port charges and insurance) and a 4 night cruise from only R2 700 (plus port charges and insurance). These great savings will remind many travellers of what it was like cruising 10 years ago!”

To take advantage of this great offer and book the cruise of a lifetime, contact your local Sure Travel agent today.

February 8, 2011

Kulula Launches Online Check-In Service

Tired of waiting in long check-in queues at the airport? Now you can check-in for your Kulula flight online and print your boarding pass at home or the office.

Online check-in allows you to check-in for your flight 24 hours prior and up to 2 hours before departure. You can choose your preferred seat and print out your boarding pass before leaving for the airport. Then at the airport, with your self-printed boarding pass in hand, you can simply drop off your luggage at the “fast bag drop off” airport counter - located near the check-in counters. If you don’t have any luggage you can proceed straight to security.
Please note that you can only check-in online if you are travelling within South Africa and if your flight number has 3 digits, example MN101. If your flight number has 4 digits you’ll have to check-in at the airport. Self-printed Kulula boarding passes are accepted at all South African airports, except for Durban, George and Nelspruit.

January 28, 2011

Break Away With Budget’s Great New Bike Options!

Next time you’re in Cape Town, why not spoil yourself and rent a Scooter or Cruiser from Budget? Budget has now expanded to renting bikers in the Western Cape region – the only car rental company to do so.

You can rent a Budget Scooter from only R140 per day or a Stylish Cruiser from R750 per day, including Super Waivers and 100kms per day.

Ask your Sure Travel agent today and keep riding with Budget, all the way!

January 21, 2011

Congratulations to our Auto Europe competition winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our Auto Europe competition… Lance Houghton! He has won
R10 000 for booking his
Auto Europe International Car Hire at Sure Zenojet Travel in Edenvale, Gauteng. What a fantastic way to start the new year!

Pictured to the right are: Sarah McGowan – Operations Manager Sure Zenojet Travel, Clive Rossouw – Auto Europe Sales Manager in Gauteng and Liz Houghton, who collected the prize on behalf of her husband, Lance Houghton.