Durban to host 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards

Rising Sun Chatsworth | April 15, 2019

Durban to host 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards
The 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF) and Awards will be hosted by Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau in Durban, under the auspices of the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from August 29 to 30, this year. It is convened by African tourism partners with the support of its key strategic partners including BDO South Africa, NEPAD, Africa Travel Associations (ATA) and Voyages Afriq.

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Air fare pricing by airlines has come a long way and there are today a lot of factors that affect the price you pay for your flight tickets. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the person sitting next to you on the flight has paid a much cheaper price than what you shelled out. What are these factors that affect air fare prices and are there any tips and tricks that travellers can use to book cheap flights? Let’s look at some of the ways to avoid burning a hole in your pocket when booking your air travel.

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Air fare pricing by airlines has come a long way and there are today a lot of factors that affect the price you pay for your flight tickets. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the person sitting next to you on the flight has paid a much cheaper price than what you shelled out. What are these factors that affect air fare prices and are there any tips and tricks that travellers can use to book cheap flights? Let’s look at some of the ways to avoid burning a hole in your pocket when booking your air travel.