August 2003: South Africa

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Over 36,000 Irish visitors travelled to South Africa up to March of this year, a 40pc increase on the previous year, and now for the first time ever, Irish holidaymakers will be able to enjoy the numerous benefits of flying direct to South Africa.

Slattery’s Travel, under their charter holiday brand Slattery’s Sun, will operate a weekly Saturday flight direct from Dublin to Cape Town, from 13th December 2003, knocking hours, and euros, off a trip to South Africa.

Currently, visitors have to endure the difficulties associated with changing planes and long connection times between flights, so a direct flight will be welcomed by the Irish holidaymaker.

The number of people travelling to South Africa from Ireland has grown dramatically over the last three years, and although this traffic is mainly leisure related, there is a small but growing business market also.

A number of Irish people have also chosen to live and work in South Africa, and Irish property developers are looking to Cape Town as the new place to own a holiday or residential home.

South Africa offers a unique and diverse holiday experience – from ‘Mother City’ Cape Town to the beauty of The Garden Route and the abundant wildlife of the Bush, South Africa is nicknamed – ‘a world in one country’!

The current favourable exchange rate offers excellent value for money, making a holiday in South Africa a very reasonable choice. Commencing on Saturday 13th December 2003, the direct flight will fly from Dublin Airport to Cape Town, and will operate initially for the first season for 26 weeks.

The 767-300 aircraft will seat 278 passengers, with premium and economy classes available. Prices will start from e599 for a return flight plus tax.

In addition to flight only, Slattery’s Sun will also offer a full range of holiday options in South Africa including hotels, guest houses, self-catering, golfing packages, and safari and escorted tours. A new 36-page South Africa brochure will be published in the coming weeks by Slattery’s Sun, with full details.

Said David Slattery “We are very excited about this new direct flight, which will make South Africa more accessible to the discerning Irish holidaymaker. We expect that the South African holiday market from Ireland, north and south, will grow by 30pc in the next year, helped considerably by the new direct flight and the favourable exchange rate. Reducing travelling time by up to four hours in each direction will make a trip to Cape Town and onwards, more attractive, and with excellent fares, there’s no excuse!

Slattery’s Sun will carry in excess of 14,000 people on charter flights during 2003, and this combined with our 12 years experience of escorted tours in South Africa, puts us in a great position to commence a weekly programme.”

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