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Allow for extra time when applying for your Australian visa

If you’re planning on travelling to Australia in the next few months or even in December, we urge you to allow for extra time when applying for your visa.
 
There are major delays in issuing Australian visas due to a backlog at the Australian High Commission’s South African offices.
 
The current processing time is around one month for business visas and six weeks for tourist visas.

Late hotel cancellation could cost you more than you bargained

New hotel cancellation policies have corporate travellers up in arms as penalties are now due for cancellations two days prior to travel.
 
Marriott International and Hilton recently announced they will be introducing minimum timeframes for the cancellation of a booked hotel stay.
 
Marriott was the first hotel group to introduce the new policy, announcing that it will implement a 48-hour cancellation policy across all brands in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Increased airport security: the new “normal”

Increased security checks leading to long queues and check-in times of up to four hours in some cases is the new “normal” in air travel, and it is not expected to change any time soon.

Rule changes demanding more stringent checks were implemented in all Schengen airports after terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris, and more recently Australian airports following a foiled terror plot.

FCTG extends 30% black women employee shareholding model in new corporate division

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) South Africa will extend its 30% black women employee shareholder ownership trust for its newly created corporate travel entity, FCTG Corporate Pty Ltd.

FCTG Corporate Pty Ltd. will comprise of three corporate brands namely Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Business Travel and Stage and Screen.

BA plans 16 day strike to commence 1 July

Some British Airways London Heathrow cabin crew are due to take industrial action from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July 2017.

This is continuation of a dispute that led to a call for industrial action today (Friday 16 June) which was suspended to allow for talks at the conciliation service ACAS.   Talks are likely to continue between now and July.

BA has yet to its confirm its schedules during the strike. However, BA plan to continue a full flying programme (so customers will be able to reach their destinations) over the strike period, should it go ahead.