* The IATA (International Air Transport Association), representing 240 airlines and 84% of global air traffic, is asking governments to develop a global mandatory carbon offsetting scheme.
* BA has cancelled some of its flights from Heathrow today, due to heavy fog.
* The MOYO group of restaurants, eight of which employ 600 staff, has ‘commenced voluntary business rescue proceedings. Business rescue affords protection for all key stakeholders’ interests in the business to be understood and protected while the optimal solution for all involved is determined‘, MOYO is quoted as saying in a Business Day report.
* Kalahari Airways will start operating between Cape Town and Gatwick, with a stopover in Gaborone, from early 2014.
* The Europe-wide air controller strike, which had been announced for Thursday, has been called off.
* Great praise for Cape Town from Napa Valley!
* Dublin’s Sandymount Hotel has done an Infographic of the typical ‘modern’ travel blogger, to coincide with Dublin hosting the TBEX European Conference.
* The World Bank’s report ‘Africa’s Tourism Set to Boost Economic Growth, Create New Jobs, and Now Outpace Other Regions for New Tourism Investment‘ highlights that Africa attracts 33,8 million tourists annually, to the value of $36 billion. South Africa is mentioned with Kenya, Cape Verde, Namibia, Tanzania, and Rwanda as a handful of countries in Africa that have invested in tourism services as well as infrastructure.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage