Friday, 11 July 2014

Emirates Airlines rolls out children summer special

EMIRATES has rolled out special programming for children and is offering more than ever before for families travelling with youngsters this summer and throughout the year. With the busy summer holidays in full swing, Skytrax’s World Best Airline, is pulling out all the stops to keep the young ones entertained both in the air and on the ground. In the 2013/14 financial year, Emirates carried 2.3 million youngsters, demonstrating its strong family following.
Even before departure, complimentary baby strollers and changing tables are available within Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 and there are play areas equipped toys within Emirates’ exclusive lounges. Priority boarding is provided to families with young children. But it’s on board when the real fun starts. The dedicated children’s channels on the popular ice entertainment system brings an array of cartoons, interactive games, podcasts and CDs.
There are currently more than 60 children’s movies on ice, including the entire Harry Potter series, a whole section dedicated to Disney Classics, plus over 20 dedicated children’s television channels including CBeebies, Disney Junior, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. The young ones can also immerse themselves in hours of the very best music, such as One Direction, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. On board, young flyers can meet AirBoe and Oggie, amongst the new cuddly monsters and explore activity-filled backpacks, all provided on a complimentary basis. Aircraft also carry kids’ favourite meals, as well as vegetarian options.

“We go to great lengths to entertain and occupy children with products and services that are constantly being updated and enhanced,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre. “ We know keeping the young ones happy is a key part of ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travelling experience for the whole family so investment in this area is very important.”
Emirates recognizes that loyalty is essential amongst its younger customers too so children even have their own frequent flyer programme called Skysurfers. Miles can be exchanged for free flights, toys, books and entry to attractions in Dubai. For those more interested in the operational side of the adventure, children can watch the Airshow channel to see a pilot’s view of take-off and landing, while following the aircraft’s progress across the globe.
Emirates Holiday’s, meanwhile, is well equipped to deal with families with specially-tailored packages. Many of the hotels available through Emirates Holidays offer kids’ and teens’ clubs
Culled from The Guardian

SAA implements strict travel regulations for children

With effect from October I, 2014, South African Airways (SAA) will comply with new regulations relating to children who travel to and from South Africa. These new regulations were promulgated in terms of the South African Immigration Amendment Act of 2010 which define children as persons under the age of 18.
“These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of children and should thus be welcomed,” says SAA’s spokesperson, Mr Tlali Tlali. “As fromOctober 1, we will not be able to check in all travellers who cannot produce the necessary documentation in terms of this Act.”
In terms of the new regulations, when parents are travelling with a child they need to produce an unabridged birth certificate that shows the names of both parents. In cases where the certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.
When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent. The affidavit should be no more than three months old, from the date of travel.

In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent, the unabridged birth certificate must be supplemented by affidavits from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may travel with that person, copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian.
Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minor would have to produce not only the unabridged birth certificate, but also proof of consent from both parents, or legal guardian and contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in the Republic. The latter documentation should include a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential address and contact details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or her identity document, passport or residence permit.
All documents must either be original or certified as true copies of the original, by a competent authority. Documents not in English must be accompanied by a sworn translation.
Culled from The Guardian

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

What women must know when travelling

For women, solo travel – business or pleasure – can bring about adventurous and daring experiences. We use it as an opportunity to explore on our terms and meet new people. However, we often get caught up in the Eat, Pray, Love moment, and let down our guard to potential danger or mishaps.
Any business or leisure trip can be an unforgettable, positive one if we maintain a balance of caution and risk-taking. To get the most out of your next solo getaway, we turned to some of Amadeus’ brave road warriors for their safety tips that any traveller (male or female) can use.
Tip 1: “When I’m entering my hotel room, as I open the door, I yell, ‘Hi, honey, I’m back!’ to ward off any potential stalkers.” –Jessica Labaire, OTA Marketing Manager
Tip 2: “When the front desk clerk asks ‘how many room keys would you like?’ I always say “two” – even though I only plan to use one. This way, a potential lurker/stalker nearby isn’t tipped off to the fact that I’m traveling alone.” – Kristen Goldman, Internal Communications
Tip 3: “When traveling alone, I avoid wearing my ostentatious jewels to prevent kidnapping and theft.” – Andrea Vasquez, Event Planner
Tip 4: “I use a remote park and ride service with transportation to/from the airport that offers pick up and drop off at your car. This eliminates wandering through the airport parking lot to find my car.” – Teresa Lang, Small Business Specialist
Tip 5: “When I’m checking in luggage, I always take a change of clothes and essential toiletries with me. This way, if my luggage gets lost, I’ll still be able to look fabulous on my first night out in the town.” – Adriana Formoso, Senior Event Planner
Tip 6: “I let at least one trusted person know where I’m going/ staying, for how long, and if possible a contact number based there, send a quick text to alert I’ve arrived, and another upon return.” – Arlene De la Torre, Sr. Communications Specialist
Tip 7: “When I travel overseas, I always wear a cross body bag – not a shoulder bag – to keep my purse valuables safe. Also, I’ve learned to never initiate a conversation with Customs, Immigration or Border control agents – they don’t get sarcasm or humor.” – Beena Samuel, Regional Sales Manager.
Tip 8: “Never reveal the hotel where you will be staying in your destination to your seat mate. I had a situation where my flight mate was making a connection and all the flights were cancelled due to weather. As this was my final destination, it wasn’t a problem for me, but the passenger I sat with on the plane actually came to my hotel, called me on my cell, which he had from my business card, to say the hotel was sold out and he wanted to know if he could stay in my room. He continued to harass me and I had to turn off my cell phone and couldn’t leave my room.” – Paula Turk, Director of Key Accounts Canada
Tip 9: “I always request a non-connecting room when I check in at a hotel. I had a bad experience at a 5-star hotel where the connecting door was forced open!” – Guadalupe Robles, Business Development Manager
Tip 10: “When exiting or entering my car, hotel or restaurant, I do not text or talk on the phone so that I’m aware of my immediate surroundings. Walk tall and strut your stuff while being alert in unfamiliar territory.” – LaNoma Martin, Business Development Manager
Tip 11: “I have a small little mace spray on my keychain that I move to the rental car key chain and have it in my hand anytime I am to/from my parked vehicle.” – Elisa Gonzalez, Senior Business Development Manager
Tip 12: “Be aware of your important belongings when using airplane restrooms. Many of us forget to bring our purse with passport or wallet when we go to the lavatory, which leaves us vulnerable to potential thieves. If possible, use hidden fannypacks for your essential items (ID, money, credit cards).” – Lore Sebelle, Marketing Manager
Tip 13: “When I travel to NYC, I always stand away from the train or subway platform.” – Nancy Gale, Senior Business Development Manager
Tip 14: “Before leaving the hotel, I pre-plan my walking route. That way, I have a clear understanding of how to get to my destination.
Also, I’m not on my phone’s GPS trying to navigate directions or inquiring to random people on the street, which can distract you and put you at risk for street crimes.” – Casey Munck, Marketing Communications Manager
Tip 15: “When I’m at a restaurant, I always ask for an extra seat and place my purse on it.
It gives the impression that you are waiting for someone, most important, you have your purse at your sight.” – Beatriz Vasquez, Strategy and Planning Analysis Solo travel should be fun, empowering, and more importantly, safe!
So, for travel professionals booking travel for a busy executive or free-spirited adventurer, arm them with these helpful tips. After all, you want them to fall into the arms of a Javier Bardem, not a criminal.
Culled from New Telegraph