TIR Feb_Mar18.pdf - Page 35

regional update
Preferred Hotels & Resorts
becoming stronger in Africa
PREFERRED Hotels & Resorts will mark 50 years of operation
in March, with an anniversary event in the Western Cape, new
experience-rich packages and a bonus points promotion.
“Independent properties are so in vogue right now and travellers [are] liking independent travel,” commented PR Director
EMEA Terri McCollin.
During the anniversary year, customers also qualify for
a best available rate plus a £50/€50/US$50 hotel credit, or a
50-minute activity at 200-plus participating hotels, including
the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence in Cape Town and
the Nassima Royal Hotel, Dubai. Agents can follow the campaign at www.preferredhotels.com/preferredcelebrates50.
Mark Wernich, Business Development Director Africa, said
sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana, Mozambique and Angola were focus markets. Inventory is categorised into five collections targeting different markets.
Domestic fares benefit from stable ROE 
FLYSAFAIR says local air travel will be “more affordable for
longer in 2018” but will increase up to seven percent growth in
air travel costs in some markets. Kirby Gordon, Head of Sales
and Distribution, said: “A strengthening rand means that we
will be able to offset the increase in oil prices for a little longer…” However, he said, domestic passenger numbers in South
Africa in 2017 had shown no growth on 2016.
E The Boschendal wine estate near Cape Town is one of 36
Preferred Hotels & Resorts on the African continent.
In light of South African Tourism’s five in five campaign to
attract five-million more visitors (one-million local) in five
years, TIR will be highlighting new opportunities to grow
domestic sales and local product development. Suppliers
and domestic operators are invited to share their news
with us: sarah@tir.co.za
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