* SAA and SA Express are in financial distress, and cannot continue operating as they not meeting the requirements of a going concern, meaning that they require financial support from the government. The Department of Public Enterprise is withholding the financial statements of both entities, which means that the AGM of the SAA Board must be delayed for the third year running.
* According to Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy tourists from countries that require visas to travel to our country (mainly China, Japan, and India) are cancelling due to the stringent new biometric visa requirements, tour operators reporting booking declines of 35 – 90 %! The fear of Ebola on the African continent is compounding the problem. Traditional source markets in Europe, the UK, and USA are not affected by the new Immigration Regulations.
* Blaauwklippen has opened its newly named and relocated Tasting Room, which contains a Spirits Room with a selection of potstill brandies by local producers, the first South African brandy hub on a local wine estate. A range of Gentleman Spirits, including Grappa, will be available too, as are cigars. Wine and Chocolate pairings are offered, at R80. A 5 wine 5 nibble pairing costs R120. A new Bistro has opened, with charcutier Steve Jeffery offering charcuterie platters in the day-time, and cooked meals for dinner. Informal wine tastings will be offered in the new Piazza too. The Vinoteque is also new, and offers 33 vintages of Blaauwklippen wines, available for purchase. Charcuterie, glasses, wines, cheeses, and preserve are available to buy. (received via media release via Waterford Communications)
* Tsogo Sun has been named Best Hotel Group in the Business Traveller Awards for the second year running. (received via media release from Angelfish PR and Events)
* Savanna has launched a new Limited Edition Angry Lemon for the upcoming summer, a premium cider with a splash of lemon. (received via media release from GC Communications)