Entries by ASATA Office

And that’s a wrap…

Another year… some shockers and some highlights. Of course the world of travel is never impervious to, well… the world, and what happens in it, and so 2015 has been an exceptionally challenging one, with all estimations that 2016 will be even harder. Here are some of our low and highlights! January We kicked off […]

Price increases likely, predicts Amex Forecast

Modest increases in global travel prices and a travel management environment that is coming to grips with evolving disruptors appear to be on the cards for 2016, according to the American Express Global Business Travel Forecast 2016 (the “Forecast”). The report which predicts air, hotel and ground transportation pricing trends, as well as makes related travel […]

Cheaper ain’t necessarily more cheerful…

Don’t you just hate them? Those self-entitled Generation Y whizz kids who are taking the workplace by storm and spend half their lives on their phones. It’s the generation everyone loves to hate. But if there is one important thing we can learn from them, it’s their ability to place importance on and find a […]

IATA launches Local Financial Criteria for ZA

IATA has announced proposed Local Financial Criteria (LFC) applicable to BSP South Africa; criteria that was proposed by the Agency Programme Joint Council (APJC) for BSP Southern Africa (Incorporating South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana) and endorsed by the 38th sitting of the Passenger Agency Conference (PAConf/38). Why did it need to change? The changes […]

Airline ancillary sales a key focus for NDC

It’s no secret that for many airlines’ profits come from their ancillary product sales. According to the research paper conducted by IATA and WTAAA, NDC: Travel Agencies’ Enabler to Success, on average 76% of travel agencies book airline ancillary products. TMCs are the most likely to book airline ancillaries for their travellers, with nearly nine […]

NDC – yet another industry acronym or an opportunity for travel agents to show value

The share of airline tickets being sold by agents has been declining as airlines increasingly choose to distribute their products through direct digital channels. The way the world searches, plans, and buys air travel is continuously changing. Gone forever, on most airlines, is the time when a traveller or travel manager need focus only on routes, […]

Demystifying IATA’s NDC: Study’s Key Findings

The debate around IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) has been given a new dimension with today’s release of the NDC: Travel Agencies’ Enabler to Success report; the result of a global study conducted in conjunction with a number of member associations of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance (WTAAA), including ASATA. Funded by IATA and […]

New consumer website for ASATA

This week saw the launch of ASATA’s new consumer website aimed at educating the public at large and corporate and government customers about the benefits of using an ASATA member to travel with peace of mind. The new website offers travellers informative updates and travel news, key information about ASATA including its history, Code of Conduct and members […]

ASATA appoints new GM

Dynamic industry go-getter Kim Koen joins the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) as its General Manager in October. With 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, working with both private and government stakeholders, Kim most recently led research firm Kitso Consulting and was instrumental in the development and drafting of the travel procurement […]

ASATA board to ‘future plan’ and ‘future proof’ changing travel industry

The newly appointed ASATA board takes its reins at a time when the association’s position has been strengthened and elevated, says Vanya Lessing, Sure Travel CEO and re-appointed ASATA president. “The value of ASATA’s strategic role cannot be underestimated. Our role as a board is to provide a strategic framework for governance in the travel […]