Cape Town - It's been a busy weekend with a mere six left until the end of the year. No need to worry about taking time out though - that's what we're about here at Traveller24 - as we bring you the travel-related stories you might have missed over the weekend but need to know about. Take a look.
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A Mango flight has had to turn-around after one of the plane’s engines was damaged just after take-off from Joburg's OR Tambo in an apparent bird strike.
Wheels24 editor Sergio Davids who was travelling on board the flight shared pics of the incident, which saw Mango flight JE 147 returning to OR Tambo airport on Sunday afternoon, 19 November. According to Davids the incident happened about 15 minutes after take-off at about 14:00.
"I could hear the impact, followed by the horrid smell of smoke in the cabin."
The co-pilot then came out and checked the engine and ran back to the cockpit, Davids told Traveller24. “He just went wide-eyed.”
As the festive season slowly creeps in and tourists get ready to vacation at some of their favourite holiday destinations, including Cape Town, the question at hand is whether the Mother City will be able to cope with the influx of visitors during a severe drought?
In September, Wesgro reported the city is expecting to welcome two million more international tourists in the upcoming peak season - it has however reassured visitors that steps have been taken to reduce water consumption and ensure that supplies last through the tourist season.
SEE: Cape's water crisis won't stem international travel growth
While the water supply levels are currently at 28%, the City of Cape's executive mayor, Patricia De Lille says that due to the efforts of the City and the residents, Day Zero has moved to 13 May 2018. Click here to see the full report on water-saving measure in place for the Western Cape.
As negotiations at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany drew to a close on Friday, ministers have welcomed the offer by South Africa to host the next meeting in the first half of 2018.
The department of environmental affairs has confirmed it has offered to host the 26th BASIC Ministerial meeting, as the group of 77 this year, reiterated their to support Ecuador as the Chair at the conclusion of the 25th BASIC Ministerial Meeting at the Climate Change Headquarters of the United Nations Framework Convention.
But many have criticised that the UN climate talks, sluggish in the need for policy consensus is struggling to remain relevant. Click here to see the full list of goals and outcomes
Set to boost tourism in SA and China, South African Tourism (SAT) has partnered with Standard Bank and the Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to launch the I Go South Africa loyalty programme.
According to SAT, this initiative is part of ICBC’s I Go Global rewards scheme for its card holders in China. The programme will not only encourage tourism between the two countries, but also "cement trade ties and boost investment flows".
The new loyalty programme was designed by Standard Bank in partnership with the Chinese bank. “ICBC is the biggest bank in the world, with approximately 139 million credit cards and as many debit card customers,” says Mali, adding “Similarly, Standard Bank is the biggest bank in Africa, making this a perfect partnership."
After seeing an increase in Chinese tourists over the last few years Mali says, "We expect more than 100 000 Chinese tourists in South Africa next year, with an average transaction value of R18 500 each. This spells good news for the South African economy and for Standard Bank’s thousands of merchants.”
“Chinese investment and trade has played an integral part in encouraging economic and infrastructure development in Africa, and in growing trade and investment flows between China and the continent," adds Mali.
South Africa has cottoned on to the power of supersizing their Black Friday sale planning - and 2017 will be no different. Some online retailers are making it a Black Friday weekend - others are simply sticking to the TGIF crunch - either way, it's the perfect time to snag as many wanderlust inducing opportunities as you can.
Traveller24 caught up with a few industry experts to see what they advise.
FlySafair spokesperson Kirby Gordon says,"Book as soon as possible if you have something specific in mind. For example if you had been waiting for Christmas flights on Black Friday, you’re bound to be disappointed - but if you were hoping to get a bargain getaway in the new year and you’re flexible as to when - then you can get a great deal."
Traveller24 recently spent the night at the newly opened Sun Square - part of Tsogo Sun’s new dual-brand 19-storey hotel located on the corners of Bree, Strand and Buitengracht and found it to be a convenient, modern and great addition to the affordable, value-stay accommodation set in the city.
Especially since you're smack-bang in the midst of the complex heritage of the Cape Town's CBS, its vibrant restaurant district, Table Mountain Cable Way, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, and Cape Town International Convention Centre. See the full review here, to see what we thought.
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