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Why business travellers need more than just a safety app

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JOHANNESBURG – There’s a new app in town for South African globetrotters with a unique mission: to serve as a lifeline for South Africans abroad. The Travel Smart app by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), unveiled at the GBTSA conference, allows users to log their trip details, activate live tracking, and receive […]

South Africa’s business travel budgets: How do they stack up globally?

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JOHANNESBURG – With 2024 approaching, many businesses will be reviewing and adjusting their travel budgets in light of spending predictions for the coming year. In terms of benchmarks, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) puts the average global spend at around $829 per business trip (R14,922). A closer look at South African statistics from FCM […]

Business travel bounceback hits full throttle as 2024 sees seat capacity soar


JOHANNESBURG – Africa leads the way in business travel bounce-back with the highest predicted increase in airline seat capacity for the first quarter of 2024. This is according to FCM Consulting’s latest Global Quarterly Trend Report. Seat capacity in Africa sees a predicted increase of 14 per cent in Q1-2024 as compared to 2019, followed […]

Why are your flight tickets costing you so much?


JOHANNESBURG – Why can two corporate colleagues seated next to each other on the same business trip pay vastly different amounts for their flight tickets? It’s a question every single traveller has asked themselves at some point. Unfortunately, the answer is more complex than you might think. But, the New Distribution Capability (NDC) promises to […]

Perks reimagined! Why bosses deserve those airmiles


JOHANNESBURG – Are you plotting your escape from the office to Mauritius for some well-deserved sun-soaked R&R this summer? Lucky you! And if those airmiles you’ve meticulously stockpiled during your 2023 business voyages are financing it, that’s even sweeter. But here’s the twist: is it really fair to your employer? Does the carrot of earning […]

High-flying horrors: The travel emergencies you didn’t see coming

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JOHANNESBURG – You’re settled into your airplane seat, ready to relax and unwind during your flight, when suddenly, a call rings out through the cabin, “Is there a doctor on board?” It’s a scene we’ve all seen in movies, but in reality, in-flight medical emergencies happen more often than you might think. In a recent […]

Business Travel Wellness: The Fine Line Between Care and Overindulgence

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JOHANNESBURG – In the modern era of corporate travel, companies are investing heavily in ensuring the well-being of their employees on the move. From ergonomic travel tools to nutritious meals on the go, the focus has shifted from merely reaching a destination to ensuring the holistic well-being of the traveller. But as businesses lean heavily […]

Hotels under fire: Shocking stats on their climate impact

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JOHANNESBURG – Did you know hotels account for approximately one percent of global carbon dioxide emissions? It might not seem like a lot, but to put it in perspective, out of the carbon dioxide released annually, it’s equivalent to powering 45.7 million homes for a year. Turns out those luxury touches like themed suites, room […]

Beat the Burnout: Top 3 Expert Tips to Overcome Travel Fatigue

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JOHANNESBURG – If you find yourself feeling a bit weary after a red-eye flight amidst a blue-sky meeting, you’re not alone. You’re part of a growing club. According to a survey by World Travel Protection, only 33% of business travellers are pleased to be back on the road for work after the pandemic. The lack […]

Sustainable Travel: All Talk, Little Walk?


JOHANNESBURG – Did you know that a mere 16% of UK travellers hold sustainability as their travel priority? Venturing to the southern hemisphere, South Africa’s commitment seems even more hesitant. “Businesses want to go green, they truly do. But wrestling with immediate cost concerns and a lack of accessible sustainable options often tips the balance […]