Friday, February 17, 2017

South African Airways offers special travel industry fares for 2017 tourism shows in South Africa

South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline is, once again offering special travel industry fares for upcoming tourism conferences in South Africa.  The 2017 travel trade fares are being offered from North America for travel industry delegates that are attending the World Travel Market – Africa April 19-21, with International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM-Africa) April 21-23 and We Are Africa May 1-4, all hosted in Cape Town.  Indaba, Africa’s premier and longest- running travel show, hosted by South African Tourism, will be held in Durban May 16-18.

These special fares start from $519.00* (restrictions apply) for Economy Class and $4,619.00* (restrictions apply) for Business Class travel round-trip from New York-JFK Airport or Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Cape Town or Durban, with fares slightly lower for travel to Johannesburg.  Special low add-on fares are also available to select destinations on SAA’s extensive route network throughout Southern and East Africa to give delegates an opportunity to travel around the region to explore and experience the beauty, culture and wildlife of Africa on pre- and post-conference tours.

 “As the leading airline to South Africa, one of SAA’s missions is to assist in fostering the development of tourism to the region through the promotion of these upcoming travel industry events.” said Stroebel Bekker, vice president, sales - North America for South African Airways.  “We are pleased to offer these special fares to our Travel Partners and industry colleagues to provide them with an affordable way to travel to these conferences to learn more about selling Africa and the new business opportunities for further developing tourism to the continent.  With the very favorable exchange rate for the U.S. Dollar, now is a great time for travel professionals to not only visit Africa for themselves, but to sell an African vacation of a lifetime to their clients.”

 South African Airways offer the most service from the U.S. to South Africa, with the only daily nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg. As one of the world's most awarded airlines, SAA has been named “Best Airline in Africa” for 14 consecutive years by Skytrax and has received numerous honors from leading travel publications in the U.S.  With fully-flat bed seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, sumptuous cuisine and award-winning complimentary South African wines, SAA provides an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort. Individual audio & video entertainment systems deliver an extensive selection of first-run movie and music choices. From its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to cities and destinations across the African continent and the Indian Ocean islands, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For reservations and information on the travel trade fares, conference delegates should download the application form by visiting and call SAA reservations at 1-866-359-7227.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 14 consecutive years.


*Fares all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. The $519.00 fare for Economy Class and $4,619 fare for Business Class is valid for travel from New York-JFK or Washington, DC-IAD to Cape Town and Durban, with slightly lower fares to Johannesburg.  Applicable to selected SAA destinations with flight # range 001-999 for round-trip or open-jaw travel only.  SAA must be used on the transatlantic sectors in order to qualify for the domestic / regional add-on fares within Africa. Travel must originate from JFK or IAD only between April 19 and May 17, 2017, and return travel completed no later than May 31, 2017.  A minimum stay of three days is required and must include at least one of the conference dates. Tickets must be purchased within five days of reservation being made or 14 days prior to departure, whichever comes first. Cancellations before departure will be assessed a $300.00 service charge and after departure the ticket is non-refundable. Date change fee: $150 + any applicable fare difference. Child and other discounts do not apply to these fares. Seats are limited at these fares, but other low fares may also be available. Baggage and optional service fees may apply.  Fares available for travel agents with a valid IATAN identification card and other conference delegates will valid registration for ILTM-Africa, We Are Africa and/or Indaba. 

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