* The inter-Ministerial committee to discuss the effect of the new visa regulations on the Tourism industry will be led by Deputy-President Cyril Ramaphosa, who will address all aspects relating to the implementation of the regulations. He said: ‘We are going to try and find a rational and implementable method of bringing about a balance so that we do not sacrifice our security but at the same time we also deal with the negative economic impact that has been brought about‘! No date has been set for the meeting yet!
* Hoteliers in Paris, a city which has the largest collection of Airbnb rooms in the world, are up in arms about ‘a menace that enjoys an unfair advantage‘, feeling the impact of the new sharing accommodation service, even at top end luxury hotels.
* The City of Cape Town is facing the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) in the Western Cape High Court, to have its proposed tolling of the N1 and N2 highways, referred to as the Winelands Toll Project, set aside. The application is based on the fact that SANRAL did not consider information such as the projected cost of the project as well as the socio-economic impact of the tolling on local residents.
* The first change to be introduced by the Leeu Collection when it takes over Le Quartier Français on 1 September is the appointment of a General Manager (they had been without one for about a year), announced as Luis Pinheiro. Pinheiro will also act as Regional Director for the Leeu Collection. In addition to previously managing the Table Bay and Belmond Mount Nelson hotels, he has managed hotels in Portugal. (received via media release from Waterford Communications)
* Uber users are now eligible for a 25% discount when staying at the Four Seasons Westcliff (minimum two-night stay), and will receive a R500 voucher per room to use at its View restaurant or Spa.