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News Digest
Are they really going to pay us to fly?
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We need something to go seriously
right in the economy to shake business out of the doldrums and get local and foreign investment to return
and create jobs. But the government
is clueless, corrupt and ideologically
handcuffed.
Opportunities, however, are there
for the asking. One example came to
mind when I heard Max du Perez on
the radio last month mentioned the
growing of hemp – not the smoking
kind – should be legalised.
My brother-in-law, who was a farmer in Zimbabwe – was being the op-
erative word – urged legalisation more
than 20 years ago and said it would be
the saving of Africa.
China and the US are now farming it
and the industry is growing rapidly and
getting rich. They are going to capture
the world markets as we sleep and lose
the opportunity.
Because it is easy to grow, prolific
and labour intensive, it would be an
ideal solution for South Africa and
would create many associated businesses. It is used for a wide range of
products, including clothing, food,
cosmetics, shampoos and pharmaceuticals.
I know the people at Hemporium,
the local business which sells a range
of products from imported processed
hemp on a small scale and has carried
out growing tests in a strictly controlled and approved environment
and has been lobbying for a long time
for decriminalisation of hemp farming,
without success so far.
Time is slipping away and the economy needs action on these sort of
opportunities now, before we are left
irretrievably behind.
Must go and water my secret plants
with grey water so as not to infringe
our continuing water restrictions!
India applies biometrics requirement
INDIA has introduced a new
biometrics requirement for
South African passport holders.
Data comprising fingerprints and facial imaging can
be submitted at the airport in
India upon arrival or when
visa applications are submitted in South Africa at VFS
Global offices in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Trafalgar to visit Cuba in 2018.
Trafalgar has added six itineraries and a new Cuba option to its USA & Canada programme for 2018. There
are six trip styles and tours across North America. Canada, the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and now Cuba. Book
by November 24 for a 10 percent early savings benefit.
However, officials have
recommended the process be
completed ahead of departure and warned that the process could take quite a long
time to complete at airport
entry points.
Biometrics will remain
valid for 59 months from the
date of enrolment and customers will not need to resubmit within that period.
In the next issue of TIR…
Specialists take us to their favourite destinations in the upcoming Cruises feature and
unpack the latest booking and product development
trends in our Premium & Frequent Flyer report.
Pictured above: Cruiseabout opened its eighth store
last month, at the Centurion Mall in Pretoria. Packages
by the cruise-only retailer include flights and transfers.
More store openings are planned for Morningside and
Norwood in Johannesburg and another in Port Elizabeth. Pictured (l to r): Rozelle De Villiers; Belinda Bronner; Elzette Fourie and Lize Greyvenstein.
Club Med adds combination Escapades.
Club Med has launched Escapades, add-ons which include
guided tours and a range ofexperiences. Bookings for Club
Med Kani (pictured below) or Finolhu can be paired with
Escapades in Sri Lanka or Dubai.
New Zealand trade tools:
Discover New Zealand booklet.
The New Zealand tourism
board’s new Discover New
Zealand sales guide promotes a range of experiences and contains information on the country’s
regions, top tips for activities, getting around, accommodation and more. Visit
traveltrade.newzealand.com.
Uniworld launches 2018 line-up.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
has introduced new branding
and an expanded line-up for
2018, The World is Your Canvas, which includes new sailings on the Rhine and Danube.
Contact TTC for a digital copy
of the new guide.
Book a mini break in Seychelles.
The Holiday Factory has four-night Seychelles packages, including flights, transfers, breakfast, and dinner
at certain resorts. Coral Strand resort, from R13,280 pp
and Constance Ephelia is from R22,720.
Photo: Club Med
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