Flight Centre bursaries get tourism students off the ground

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) have launched a partnership to bolster support to tourism and hospitality students facing financial hurdles.
Trishia Tshandu and Neo Malema with Andrew Stark of Flight Centre
Trishia Tshandu and Neo Malema with Andrew Stark of Flight Centre
The travel agency has sponsored new student bursaries and has also made a contribution towards providing a lecture room at the UJ School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH).

Dr Diane Abrahams, director of STH says: “Transformation in the tourism and hospital industry is vital for the growth of this important sector of our economy. At the STH we prepare young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enter the industry in a variety of exciting careers whereby they transform not only their lives but that of their family and the community in which they live.

“FCTG is sponsoring bursaries for two of our students who are excelling academically, and are part of the ‘missing middle’ – students who are regarded as too rich to qualify for government support, but too poor to afford tuition fees.

“It is encouraging to see international industry partners such as FCTG supporting both students and the infrastructure needed to deliver more young professionals to the workplace,” says Abrahams.

“Travel, tourism and hospitality is the fastest-growing sector alongside banking and agriculture, contributing 10% to global GDP. We’d like to see more government collaboration with the private sector to promote the industry. We are committed to doing our part and our partnership with UJ is the start. We care about delivering amazing travel experiences but we also care about collaboratively educating our youth of today to become our leaders of tomorrow,”says Andrew Stark, managing director at FCTG.

Partnership boosts opportunities for tourism students

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) have launched a partnership to bolster student and teaching support in the travel indusry.
From L-R: Trishia Tshandu, UJ Student and bursary recipient; Andrew Stark, Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group; Neo Malema, UJ Student and bursary recipient.
From L-R: Trishia Tshandu, UJ Student and bursary recipient; Andrew Stark, Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group; Neo Malema, UJ Student and bursary recipient.
On Monday 21 November 2016, new student bursaries and significant sponsorship of a lecture room at the UJ School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) by FCTG were announced at the Bunting Road Campus of the University.

At the launch event, the two bursary recipients met with the FCTG Managing Director, Andrew Stark and other senior managers.

Trishia Tshandu (20), a second-year tourism student from Johannesburg, said she is the first person in her family to attend university. Her sister is the family’s sole breadwinner.

Neo Malema (21), a first-year tourism student currently living in Melville with his mother, said he would have had to drop out of university next year had he not managed to secure a bursary.

“I am funding my first-year studies at UJ through part-time work as a tour guide and assisting my brother with sound engineering gigs. I have managed my dyslexia with repetitive reading and self-teaching. Once I complete my degree, I’d like to look at business concepts like a boutique hotel offering especially for entertainers. I’m grateful not only for the bursary, but also for the benefit of the mentorship that Flight Centre offer to us.”

Dr Diane Abrahams, Director of STH said: “Transformation in the tourism and hospital industry is vital for the growth of this important sector of our economy. At the STH we enable young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enter the industry in a variety of exciting careers whereby they transform not only their lives but that of their family and the community in which they live.

“FCTG is sponsoring bursaries for two of our students who are excelling academically, and are part of the ‘Missing Middle’ – students who are regarded as too rich to qualify for government support, but too poor to afford tuition fees,” said Abrahams.

“Travel, tourism and hospitality is the fastest-growing sector alongside banking and agriculture, contributing 10% to global GDP. We’d like to see more government collaboration with the private sector to promote the industry. We are committed to doing our part and our partnership with UJ is the start. We care about delivering amazing travel experiences but we also care about collaboratively educating our youth of today to become our leaders of tomorrow,” said Stark.

Flight Centre South Africa outgrows its name

In order to reflect the growth and extent of its diversified brands, Flight Centre South Africa, SA’s largest travel company with an annual turnover of more than R5-billion in sales, will change its name to Flight Centre Travel Group (Pty) Ltd (FCTG).
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Best known for its red and white branding incorporating the Captain was launched as a travel agency in January 1994, with its first store in Westgate Shopping Centre. However, the company has diversified and grown to encapsulate 11 brands across the four pillars of leisure, corporate, wholesale and events businesses, thus resulting in the change of name to fully represent the company’s size and depth.

FCTG now owns more than 173 businesses across the country including Corporate Traveller, FCM Travel Solutions, Flight Centre Business Travel, Flight Centre Holidays, Student Flights, Cruiseabout, Topdeck, cievents and Stage and Screen. The company employs more than 1,200 employees nationwide including a 74% female staff complement.

The company, which is wholly owned by Flight Centre Travel Group headquartered in Australia and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, has grown from a greenfield opportunity, thanks to investments in people, locations, marketing, price-beat guarantees, technology, brand diversification and a strong focus on what the customer wants, delivering on the company’s ethos of “we care about delivering amazing travel experiences”.

The FCTG evolution

Andrew Stark, managing director of FCTG, says: “FCTG is the culmination of 22 years of hard work and strategic vision. Thanks to phenomenal growth and diversification, we are no longer just a leisure retail brand; we are also becoming a leading player in the corporate travel management arena. Way back in 2010, 80% of the business came from retail leisure, today this has evolved to become a 50/50 split between leisure and corporate. FCTG also incorporates a wholesale division with a vertically integrated model known as Flight Centre Holidays, a global manufacturer of unique product ranges. We have evolved significantly, from selling flights and third party supplier products to developing exclusive holidays to suit our customers’ needs and managing travel arrangements of large corporate businesses.”

Adds Stark, “What is even more phenomenal is that we have grown from one retail store 22 years ago to 173 businesses today, all run by home-grown, young, dynamic leaders, and this has happened organically without any acquisitions.”

He says the name change is only the beginning for FCTG, which has ambitious plans encompassing aggressive growth and change over the next 22 years. “We are continuing to look to invest in getting closer to the customer as well as new technology platforms, growth within Africa and future business acquisitions with a strong focus on blended travel options,” says Stark.

What Is An All Inclusive Honeymoon Cruise?

An all inclusive honeymoon cruise is a cruise package that has a special price for including everything you need on your travel. These all inclusive packages cover all the food, accommodation, dinners, and in-ship entertainment according to your own budget, so for example if you have a lot of money to spend, you can choose an all inclusive cruise package for your honeymoon that covers spa, casino, special shows, etc. there are though, cheaper option that include less benefits.

Booking an all inclusive honeymoon cruise is a great way to enjoy the romance of your honeymoon without worrying about money. Using an analogy, it works as a pre-paid card – you are guaranteed you won’t go over the budget! Keep in mind though, that even when they include all you need inside the ship, you will have to spend money if you want to enjoy more activities when you dock on a destination.

All inclusive honeymoon packages on a cruise are very complete, and there are prices for everyone. It depends on your destination, the days your honeymoon will last, and the itinerary. By the way in these all inclusive packages you can save some money with a little research. Since you are assuring the cruise line you will spend an amount of money inside the ship, some things are included at a discount price, like for example event tickets.

To start looking for all inclusive honeymoon cruises, I recommend using the Internet to get a broad picture, and then finding the help of a travel agent who can deal with the details of the honeymoon. This is planning that is fun to do as a couple!

Remember to enjoy your honeymoon at full, if think this solution will help you, go for it! A honeymoon cruise is romantic, beautiful and unforgettable.

Strolli Rider, The Buggy Board Beater

With today’s busy lifestyles most parents value the convenience of a stroller or pushchair. Strollers have become such popular and necessary items during childhood that they are available in almost every design and style imaginable. From lightweight, highly portable strollers to specially designed jogging strollers that seat two children, parents must decide on the best stroller for their family and their needs.

Once a decision is made to purchase a single stroller, a double seater, or maybe even a stroller for three, parents can choose from a number of accessories to make their travel with little ones even simpler. There are just as many choices in accessories as the variety of strollers available, and some accessories are even more unique than the one of a kind strollers they are designed for.

The most common stroller accessories are those that adapt a stroller for infant use. With an adapter, most standard infant carriers or car seats can securely fasten to many brands of strollers. There are also a number of baby head supports available to keep newborns safe as they ride and special bunting wraps that sit right inside the stroller while keeping baby warm and snug.

Accessories that protect children from the sun and rain are also popular. Easily attachable screens are usually made of sturdy meshed material, allowing little ones to enjoy the view while they are safely shaded from the elements. Parents can also find a number of umbrellas in various sizes and a wide array of colors that can fasten right to the stroller for a cool, relaxing stroll no matter what the weather.

Happy, comfortable children make outings and errands much more fun. An attachable activity tray can keep little ones occupied on the road. These convenient surfaces keep children content as they play with small toys or eat a snack. Many of the trays even include cup holders for extra convenience. Parents can also add soft travel pillows designed specifically for children and strollers to make naptime simple on the go.

Recent innovations in stroller accessories have not only added extra fun to traveling for children, they are even more convenient for parents. Attachable seats or platforms can turn a single standard stroller into a ride for two. The seat fits onto the back of the stroller and rolls along as the parent pushes. Attachable seats like the Strolli Rider are designed like a tricycle, with a comfortable seat, foot rests, and handlebars. These accessories are an affordable way to accommodate your young child as well as a new baby without purchasing a bulky double stroller.

Accessories that offer convenience to parents don’t end with the Strolli Rider. Extendable and angled handles are available to make it easy to push heavy strollers with only one hand. Bags and totes that attach to the handlebars offer plenty of storage space for toys, snacks, cell phones, papers, and more. Some bags have pockets designed specifically for drinks, phones, and keys. Coolers and insulated drink carriers can also attach to most strollers so bottles, cups, and water bottles stay cold on long outings.

Tips To Avoid Food Poisoning While Travelling In Nepal

This, unfortunately, is in no way going to guarantee that you don’t get sick if you follow my suggestions step by step, but it may stop you from getting a bad case of Dysentery or even a mild but embarrassing case of Diarrhoea. I myself have been caught out in Nepal a few times before following the steps below, and it wasn’t local food that got me the first and the worst time, it was my passion for chocolate croissants that had me in bed for two days, and very ill for the following week or so. Light cases have come at me when eating dried Buffalo meat, salted and hung in the open doors, and unfortunately, it’s just as easy to develop an upset tummy just from feasting off plates that have been washed in untreated water. Here are a few tips to make the dreaded bug a little less potent and certainly helps me out when travelling.

Water Worries: It’s very simple, just don’t drink the stuff out of the tap at all if you have a weak stomach or you’re just worried. Use treated or boiled water to brush your teeth, and try not to get too much in your mouth when taking a shower. It may sound over excessive but the best precaution is over doing it.
Trekker’s Miracle: When asking many seasoned trekkers how they stay healthy while trekking through the Himalaya and dining at local teahouses etc. They often say that having a bottle of coke with all meals is a good way to kill off any bacteria that may be slipping past the radar and into your stomach.

Hand Sanitisers: Fabulous invention, the hand sanitiser that does not require water, is a great way to make sure those germs you have picked up, from perhaps patting a cute puppy on the road to touching untreated water. Remember in Nepal most dogs will be carrying some form of parasite or another. In most cases food poisoning does occur from simply eating with dirty hands.

Ice and Cold Food: Although these days most tourist restaurants will use treated water for their ice, it’s probably better to just avoid ice all together, even in your alcoholic beverage. If you want to drink, then drink bottled beer, or coke and your spirit of choice, no ice. Cold food on the street is pretty much a big no no, if it’s not piping hot or cooking on the spot then don’t put it in your mouth! Also make sure your salad has been washed in treated water if you’re going to eat it.

Peel ‘able Fruit: Another wise choice for untreated water washed fruit, if you can peel it, then you can be more sure you are peeling the possible bacteria off, things like bananas, dragon fruit, oranges and lychees, try to avoid apples unless you wash them yourself with treated water or peel the skin.
Treatment when it’s too late: Most people take something like Imodium with them. In actual fact, this can block up the bacteria along with your embarrassing problem and drag it out longer. Go and see your doctor and ask what’s best for you, most Doctors will give you an actual antibiotic that will get in and solve the problem not trap it. But remember your Doctor is the best person to decide what’s best for you and the above information in merely a guide to possible avoidance to these unwanted travel nasties. Also, drink a lot of treated water and hot water, keep hydrated and wash it out at the same time.

Last but not least, if you’re not sure about where to eat, or what to eat, by no means should you avoid eating great local food, after all it’s all part of the travel experience. A good travel company that is actually based in the country is a great way to go, as they should be able to suggest fabulous and clean local eateries and restaurants. Another good way to tell is if the restaurant is full of locals, it generally means the food is delicious.

Rajasthan Luxury Tours – True Spell Of Regal And Traditional Rajasthan

Visit Rajasthan on one of the Rajasthan luxury tours and unravel the majestic sights of the land that belonged to the rulers of the bygone era. Rajasthan is home to many historic cities, magnificent palaces and forts whose walls smell of the times when they were touched by the mighty kings and queens. The impressive grandeur and architecture of these forts and palaces remind the tourists of the amazing artistry and skills that local artists had put into making of the grand structures.

Visit the exotic cities of Rajasthan and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the palaces and forts, visualise deeply how the festivals were celebrated during the Rajput era and participate in the activities that animate the history vibrantly in Rajasthan. Walk through the golden sands of Great Indian Desert to experience the scorching heat of the sun during day and chill of the night that attain a life themselves and become a part of the indigene culture of brown people of Rajasthan.

The luxury Rajasthan tours take the tourists through the pride and respect of the beautiful state in just a matter of days. The luxury tours include travelling to amazing places like the Pink City of India: Jaipur, Pushkar, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and many more. To make it comfortable for the tourists, the luxury tour packages include accommodating the tourists in some of the most well known luxury heritage hotels in the respective places.

The royal Rajasthan tours are a paradigm of charging energy in expression, a plot of ingenuity and beauty. The land of kings stands tall as a representative of all the regal legends reverberating in the opulence and resilience of beautiful monuments, havelis, palaces, and forts. The regal grandeur helps the tourists to come close to the imperial lifestyle as well as hospitality in some of the most renowned heritage hotels spread across the state.

Tour to Rajasthan is a luxurious fix, where you can admire the architecture and frescoes of magnificent Havelis, take part in local fairs and festivals, shopping in the colourful markets buzzing with a multitude of regional handicrafts, and exploring exotic places on a came’s back. The tour can be an entirely new experience in the desert lands where the tourists would be entitled to be a part of luxurious camel caravan and perhaps even have the first taste of camel’s milk.

The picturesque dunes of Jaisalmer are a treat to the eyes. The Sun City of India, Jodhpur, is home to one of the most beautiful lakes named the Sardar Samand Lake, which makes for strikingly expressive scenery when viewed from the heights of Mehrangarh Fort.

The luxury tours of Rajasthan also offer you an opportunity to be a part of royal weddings or plan your own exotic wedding in royal Rajasthani style in one of the palaces. Newly weds can opt for luxury Rajasthan honeymoon tours and dwell in a romantic castle or a beautiful palace, where rhythm of the past yet dwells in the present. Watching the magical sunset in the sand dunes of Thar Desert, with the sky set ablaze in a profusion of colours will probably become a part of your rare and most cherished memories for a long time to come.

Enjoy An Array Of Cultures At The 2013 Folkfaro Festival

Many people go straight from the airport at Faro to Albufeira, without realizing all Faro has to offer as a destination in terms of wonderful Portuguese culture. In August, the coastal town hosts an annual festival that, for nine days, celebrates folk music from all over the world. This festival is recognized by COIFF, an international council of organizations of Folklore arts, which is associated with UNESCO and promotes international peace.

FolkFaro is one of the favourite events amongst people who arrive at the airport to take the transfer from Faro to Albufeira. Many choose to stay a few days in the town specifically to experience this wonderful and vibrant festival. Folk dancers and musicians from countries such as Brazil, Spain, Russia, Ukraine and many more have been featured in this festival over the past few years. New participants for this year include Georgia, India, and Venezuela.

There are usually about 300 different artists featured, which means everyone can find a type of music or dancing they enjoy. The festival exposes people to the cultures and traditions of different countries and strengthens the friendship bonds between those places while also educating them about the respective destinations. The frivolity is a welcome reprieve during the hot August days, providing some diversion from the often-fierce heat of the hottest time of the year. From August 17th-25th, people can enjoy the wonderful cultures of the countries being featured, as well as the renowned Portuguese hospitality.

The people of Faro are very welcoming to visitors of the FaroFestival, due to the volume of business it brings to the town. There are open-air performances, galas, interactive dance workshops, entertainment for children, and much more. It is the perfect event for a family looking for an exciting diversion.

Faro is the capital of the Algarve region and is filled with history and beautiful Iberian influenced architecture. After the festival, before taking the transfer from Faro to Albufeira, make sure you take the time check out the amazing cobblestoned streets and try some of the delicious seafood featured in many restaurants. There are also opportunities to take boat trips to the nearby Rio Formosa Nature Reserve for a change of scenery.

The fabulous beaches, rich culture, and exciting events appeal to every kind of holidaymaker and luckily they are found at very decent prices – the FolkFaro festival tickets are available for around just 10€.

There is something about the Algarve region that continues to attract people year after year. Many take the convenient transfer from the airport at Faro to Albufeira immediately, but those who stay to enjoy the delightful town of Faro for a few days will not be disappointed.