About us

Any place. Anywhere. If you can dream it, we'll get you there!


Built on Service


After many years in the industry, Lara Casasola launched her own travel business in 1996, with the aim of offering a more personalised and streamlined service to her clients.


Within three years, Lara Travel had achieved IATA (International Air Transport Association) status as an Accredited Retail Travel Agency and was accepted as a member of ASATA (Association of South African Travel Agents) in 2001. Lara herself has served as an active member of the ASATA committee, a forum focused on promoting professionalism in the industry and security for ASATA members and their clients.


Adapting to growth


Lara Travel restructured in 2002, when travel veteran Donna Hitchcock joined as a shareholder and Key Accounts Manager, focused on building client relationships and adding her expertise to the signature Lara Travel personalised customer service.


In July 2002, Lara Travel became a SEEKERS Franchise Partner, another tool in offering clients the best deals possible.


With a history of seamless execution and legendary service, Lara Travel adapted readily to the transformation of Travel Agents in the airline industry, from a commission based to a service industry.


Proudly South African


Lara Travel supports the Proudly South African Campaign, and complies fully with the membership requirements. First conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, under the leadership of former President Nelson Mandela, the PSAC is mandated to create and sustain quality jobs. Lara Travel is actively working towards this goal, including a strong BEE strategy plan.


Click HERE to view our BBBEE Certificate.


Why Lara Travel?


The best thing about Lara Travel is the 14 strong team of dynamic, passionate, professional staff and management. From reception to consultant to management, they are committed to excellence and seamless execution, in creating pleasurable experiences for their clients.


Conveniently situated at The Glen Shopping Centre in Oakdene, Lara Travel caters to both corporate and leisure markets, offering a comprehensive range of travel related products, services, and competitive prices for both International and Domestic travel.


Lara Travel's strong purchasing power and an excellent track record with Travel principles equals competitive prices and options in Travel products and packages.


The Agency is also linked to one of the leading international reservation systems, ensuring immediate access to all major airlines, car rentals, hotels and tour operating companies, ensuring immediate booking status advice and confirmation as well as the cost competitive, packages and fares.


The Product Mix


Air - Scheduled and Charter air services and Internet Reservations for Domestic and International Travel.


Hotel and Car Rental - we negotiate excellent corporate rates


Travel Insurance - all major Travel Insurance products are available at Lara Travel


Group and Incentive Services


Lara Travel is highly specialized in Group & Incentive Travel Services and will make all the arrangements for group travel. Fare benefits for group travel are credited back to the client.


Seminars and Conferences


From destination planning to execution and bookings, Lara Travel is an indispensable partner in planning a conference or seminar. Clients can leave all the Air and ground travel, accommodation and tour bookings to the agency, freeing up their valuable time for content planning.


Sea Cruises


A selection of sea cruises to exotic locations


Holiday Packages


A selection of holiday packages to suit every budget


Seamless Service


Foreign Exchange - Lara Travel offers a full advisory service and, if required, will purchase foreign exchange, on behalf of clients, at very competitive VIP rates, through American Express


VISA services - advice and completion of visa applications, including submission and delivery


Delivery of Travel Documents - delivery and collection of all travel related documents.


After Hours Assistance - the after hours service number is 083 444 5545


Exclusive car park - parking at the airport, pick up & drop off, for Client's convenience


Website - Interactive website, informative travel information and special offers.


Total travel management


As any experienced traveller knows, complete consolidation of travel spend is necessary in order to achieve real savings.


Lara Travel has the expertise to manage travel portfolios in a professional and pro-active manner. From reservations, to visa, insurance and foreign exchange requirements, to air, rail and bus travel, to accommodation, car hire or transfers, to airport parking, Lara Travel will tailor make travel portfolios to suit individual clients.


Travel Policy


A well planned travel policy ensures that a travel portfolio controls expenditure, blocks abuse and generates exceptional returns.


Lara Travel works closely with clients to formulate and manage their exclusive travel policies.


Testimonials


"Hi Vera,

Everyone is back home now! #Phew

A quick note to thank you for your speedy, professional and helpful attitude. It does not come by easy in our industry, especially service providers of NGOs.

Thank you for respecting my impossible deadlines, understanding that I also don't always have full details so you can assist as best as you can.

Thank you thank you thank you!

I'd send you a bunch of flowers if I was friendly with my bank.

Cheerio and hope to work together soon!"

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"Hello Alex

I'd just like to say a very heartfelt BIG THANK YOU for all that you have assisted me with in making our flight and stay a happy and pleasant one!!! You were very patient with all of our queries and last minute requests.

The trip was absolutely magical and we all have memories to last us a life time!!!

I will definitely forward your details onto my contact list for future ref

Chat soon!!

Nads

xxx"

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"Dear Lara

We would like to bring to your attention the great service we received from Terry. She is always so helpful and pleasant and no request is ever too much trouble.
We will be embarking on a rather complex European tour that required many changes and adjustments to the itenarary. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Terry and last week we finalized and payed for our much anticipated holiday.

Terry is a great asset to your travel agency and we will be booking all our future holidays through her.

Kind regards

Lisa Nola and Deon Swanepoel"

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"Hey Stef

I hereby wish to thank you for you hard work and a job well done.
We arrived in and from Belgium problem free. Thank you for your hard work and I am pleased to say that from now on I will be using your agency.

Thank you!
Kind regards

Zhanley"


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"Hi Nadia

We had the most interesting experience on our MSC cruise in December - we were seated at Dinner with another couple and the subject of travel agents came up - both of us were raving about our Travel Agents. As it turns out, both of us happened to use Lara Travel

Sincerely

Marc"


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"Hi

Thank you so much for all your help. Like always it was a absolute pleasure booking the flights with you. When I talk to you it almost feel like we are friends. Lara Travel is by far the best.

Please send my regards to everyone in the office. One day I have come in and bring you all some love from the farm.

Have a wonderful week

Annelize"

 

 

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