Greetings and salutations fellow travelers, autumn is upon us yet we're still basking in the sunshine, long may the good weather continue. If not, then there are some fabulous destinations to jet off to around the world and we've been doing our best to make sure that the prices are recession friendly. Hong Kong is our featured destination so be sure to check out the link and discover this unique locations mix of east and west. When packing your bags to wherever you decide to go in the world, weight has become an issue of concern.

Read our segment on hand luggage weight restrictions to ensure that you do not find yourself in the potentially frustrating position of having to repack, pay excess or send your hand luggage into the hold.

And finally, check out what's happening this April in our events section, from the Cape Town Jazz Festival to the Rand Show
in Johannesburg.

  Destination Spotlight of the Month - Hong Kong

Hong Kong perches on the edge of mainland China occupying an anomalous position as a territory straddling two worlds. Since the handover in 1997 Hong Kong has become a 'Special Administrative Region of China' and no longer a subject of colonial sovereignty. Past and present fuse to create a capitalist utopia embedded within the world's largest Communist country.

Hong Kong offers a dense concentration of shops and shopping malls with a cross-pollinated cosmopolitan culture that embraces Nepalese and British cuisines with equal enthusiasm. It is the perfect gateway for travellers to Southeast Asia and China, providing a smooth transition from west to east. As one of the key economies of the Pacific Rim, Hong Kong Island showcases a gleaming landscape of skyscrapers and boasts a highly developed transport infrastructure that makes commuting around it a dream.

Hong Kong consists of four sections, Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. Kowloon and the New Territories form part of the Chinese mainland to the north of Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong Island, containing the central business hub, lies on the southern side of the harbour facing Kowloon. The Outlying Islands comprise a composite of 234 islands.
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Johannesburg to Washington
from R9956*
  Johannesburg to New York
from R9956*
  Johannesburg to Sydney
from R8035*
Johannesburg to Hong Kong
from R7029*
  Johannesburg to Perth
from R9770*
  Johannesburg to London
from R5325*
Johannesburg to Frankfurt
from R5325*
  Johannesburg to Munich
from R5262*
  Johannesburg to Mumbai
from R7714*
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  In the news...

SAA stringently enforces hand luggage weight restrictions on flights for safety and comfort
South African Airways (SAA) is again pleading with passengers to adhere to allocated hand baggage weight restrictions on all flights for their comfort and above all to ensure safe operations.

Passengers are reminded that when flying in economy class the hand luggage allocation is no more than one piece weighing 8kg and two pieces of 8kgs each in business class.

The dimensions of each bag must not exceed 115cm.

"Baggage weight plays a critical role in the safe take-off and landing weight of an aircraft, amongst Passengers will contribute greatly towards a safe journey by assisting us in adhering to the weight limitations," says Tebogo Tsimane, SAA Head Airports Southern Africa.
SAA with the assistance of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has implemented a number of measures at airports to ensure that passengers are complying with the hand baggage weight restrictions.

Weighing scales have been placed at strategic security points to weigh hand luggage after check-in. If hand baggage is in excess of the 8kg limit, or in excess of the number of pieces allowed, passengers will be sent to check the bag in before proceeding to board.

"To avoid missing your flight, it is in each passenger's interest to ensure they comply," says Tsimane.

Baggage information flyers are available at all SAA check-in counters as an added resource for passengers on all related restrictions.

Passengers are also reminded that if they are requested to check-in hand luggage due to it not complying with restrictions, all valuable items must be removed for the bag.

A recent trial run by SAA of the new security measures for hand baggage showed a marked decrease in flight departure delays, another benefit passengers can look forward to when complying with restrictions. Other important points relating to hand luggage to note:

Economy class hand baggage must not be placed in Business Class overhead cabins.
Avoid inconvenience and delays and arrive for check-in well ahead of flight departure time.
  April 2010 Events
Afrikaans arts and culture festival in the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn.
Venue: Town of Oudtshoorn ; Date: 1 - 8 April 2010
A rollercoaster of family events from top singing talent to airshows, give aways and lots more.
Venue: MTN Expo Center, Nasrec
Date: 01 Apr 10 to 11 Apr 10
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