(L-R): Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager of South African Airways; Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa, Trade Relations Manager, South African Tourist West Africa; Wonuola Olutunde-Lamidi, Managing Director of Diamonds and Pearls Journeys Restricted during the online forum held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

By VICTOR NZE

South African Airways (SAA)has charged its travel partners in Nigeria to check out several ways of creating income to increase their earnings base at an online forum held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The goal of the online forum was to enlighten and educate the travel partners on ways to establish new marketing project strategies beyond their core service of ticket sales to its customers.

South African Airways used the chance to explain its traveler and freight services to the travel partners, stressing the requirement for them to diversify from entirely releasing passenger travel tickets to helping clients with cargo services.

According to Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager of South African Airways in Nigeria; “We recognized that much of our travel partners are focusing more on issuing travel traveler tickets. In this present difficult economic situation in the country, we see the requirement to enlighten and educate the travel partners to diversify their ways to draw in multiple sources of income from the travel market.

This is why we are engaging the travel trade today to inform them particularly about South African Airways cargo which is a globally recognized freight provider that assists in the movement of products and products from any corners of Nigeria to any part of the world”.

She divulged that in order to encourage the travel partners, the airline has actually presented an unique company ticket fare, high incentives and commissions for its travel trade partners that will have the ability to satisfy South African Airways set sales target in 2017.

The South African national provider likewise used the online forum to reiterate to the travel partners the several route networks of locations adding that the airline fly beyond Lagos- Johannesburg.

For example, she stated South African Airways quickly links passengers from Lagos to Perth in Australia, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Washington and New York in the USA along with other locations.

It was also highlighted at the event that Mauritius is visa complimentary for Nigerian travelers hence providing an excellent chance for the Nigerian travel trade to market the destination to increase income. South African Airways has two flights daily from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg to Mauritius which the Lagos flight can easily link.

To encourage the travel trade to sell the Mauritius destination flying South African Airways from Lagos, the National Sales Supervisor stated that any partner who sells 10 or more travel tickets to the destination from 1st to 30th March will win two tickets to Mauritius.

Another essential piece of details is that Nigerian travel partners can motivate their clients to fly South African Airways to any part of the world as there is no need for a transit visa for guests traveling beyond the South African borders.

SAA Voyager, the benefit system for regularly flying South African Airways continues to get more appealing. Because 1994 when the Voyager was launched till date, extraordinary advantages such as priority boarding, concern waitlist, lounge access, preferential check in and concern seats are a few of the extraordinary benefits passengers can get while consistently flying South African Airways and becoming a Voyager member.

To express its devoted to the Nigerian market, the airline in mid- December 2016, presented a brand name brand-new A330-300 aircraft on the Lagos– Johannesburg path.

Nigerian travelers are presently delighting in 46 premium business class and 203 economy class seating. The business class cabins remains in a staggered 1-2-1 setup, providing increased privacy and supplying all service class guests with direct access to the aisle. The 203 recently created economy class slim-line seats have extra individual space and generous legroom for traveling convenience.