Entries by Natalia Rosa

Growth potential for outbound travel market

Research released at World Travel Market Africa 2017 by Grant Thornton and Reed Exhibitions points to growing opportunities for outbound travel in South Africa, with much of the growth coming from intra-Africa leisure travel. Traditionally, outbound travel from South Africa has not been well tracked, says Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA. “This research is the […]

ASATA in the news – Beware scammers derailing your holidays

ASATA is featuring its members in the news on a regular basis to comment on important issues in the travel industry. If you would like to be included among the travel consultants that comment or have a story where you’ve saved the day, please contact us on asata@bigambitions.co.za. The following story appeared on IOL this week […]

Protecting the mobile workforce – International SOS

As corporate travel continues to increase, there seems to be a discrepancy between the perceived travel risk outlook for travellers and the actual risks expected to increase this year. Results of a survey conducted by International SOS and IPSOS show that 61% of respondents feel that the travel risk have increased for Sub-Saharan Africa over […]

Warn your clients about Malaria

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has issued a malaria advisory, warning travellers that South Africa is currently experiencing its annual malaria season and that there has been a recent increase of malaria cases in Mozambique due to the storms following Cyclone Dineo that affected Mozambique and the north-eastern parts of South Africa. Also […]

US and UK ban electronics on certain flights – what to tell your clients

Corporate travellers flying to the US and the UK via the Middle East or North Africa will need to check in their electronic devices following a ban issued by the Trump administration and the UK government. The Trump administration has ordered nine airlines to stop passengers from bringing most types of electronic devices — except […]

SARS Audit Findings on the application of zero-rating on international air transport

Following our letter dated 09 November 2016, regarding VAT implications on additional or supplementary commissions from carriers, several of our members have now started to receive audit findings from SARS. As you will recall from the communique, Shepstone Wylie Attorneys accompanied ASATA to a meeting with SARS to understand the organisation’s concerns and whether there […]

SIA to fold surcharges into Base Airfare – when will SA airlines follow suit?

Singapore Airlines and regional arm SilkAir have announced they will fold fuel and insurance surcharges into base airfares. With the removal of the fuel and insurance surcharges as a separate component, customers will be presented with a single base airfare when purchasing tickets. The airline explains this move is intended to provide a more simplified […]

ASATA in the news

ASATA is featuring its members in the news on a regular basis. If you would like to be included among the travel consultants that comment or have a story where you’ve saved the day, please contact us on asata@bigambitions.co.za. The following story appeared in BizCommunity this week and tells consumers exactly how South African travel […]