* British Airways has launched a You Tube video ‘On Top of the World’, which probably is a TV commercial for its A380 flights to South Africa (it does not say if they are flying to Cape Town too), and was filmed exclusively in Cape Town, including on top of Table Mountain, on Camps Bay beach, with Lion’s Head as a backdrop, at Boulders Beach, and showing a Cape Town flower seller, a rugby player, and a cyclist.
* SATSA (Southern African Tourism Services Association) CEO David Frost says that tourists should be encouraged to see more of South Africa than the Big Five, Cape Town, the Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, and the Garden Route. Attractions in other provinces are not known to travelers. Repeat visits to our country should be increased, and the deceased time spent should be reversed, he added. He encouraged SA Tourism to develop trade deals that draw visitors to lesser known attractions. Travelers are not only visiting South Africa, but are also incorporating Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique into their itineraries.
* Wellington Wines is planning to treble its sales of bulk wine to the UK to 6 million litres by next year, and projects that the UK market will represent 40% of its sales (11 million litres) by 2016. The company produces 28 million litres of wine, and has just opened an UK office.
* Snooth evaluated South African Chenin Blancs, praising the variety and describing it as ‘typically South African’, and in particular those from Ken Forrester, DeMorgenzon, Silwervis, Mulderbosch, Ernie Els, Protea, and Botanica.
* Simonsig won the largest number of Gold awards at the recent Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, with four gold medals, for its Cape Blend Frans Malan 2010, Redhill Pinotage 2011, Chenin Avec Chêne 2012, and Chardonnay 2013. The wine estate also achieved two Silver medals. Grande Provence Angel Tears Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend 2012 won Gold status at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. More than 8000 wines from 41 countries were judged. (received via media releases from GC Communications and The PR Team)
* Following on from this weekend’s Franschhoek Literary Festival, two events focusing on African literature will be held in Cape Town next week: On Monday evening a free discussion about contemporary African literature, with a focus on that from Kenya, takes place at the Alliance Française at 19h00. On Tuesday evening Cape Talk’s John Maytham will host a dinner-talk about Zukiswa Wanner’s new book at a guest house in Newlands, at a cost of R320. (received via e-mail from the African Arts Institute African Book Club).
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage