* Wellington is hosting a food and wine festival on 14 September, it has cleverly called Fork & Cork.
* The Western Cape is hoping to attract 100000 cycle tourists by 2023, reports Southern Africa Tourism Update, and is working with the Dutch Embassy in conducting an economic impact study.
* SA Tourism expects tourism growth of 8% from Germany in the next year, lower than the 13% growth achieved in the past year. Interesting is that 70% of Germans still book their holidays via travel agents, even though they do extensive research about the holiday themselves in the internet.
* The shares of listed UK travel companies are seeing a drop, due to the UK heatwave, reports TravelMole.
* BA has developed ‘movie-flavoured popcorn‘ for a film festival to be held in London next week, including ‘shark bite’, ‘shaken and not stirred Martini’, and ‘suncream’ flavours, and may serve them on flights in future.
* Anthony Hamilton Russell is about to launch the 2012 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir, and writes that it may be the best ever made by Hamilton Russell, or the best Pinot Noir ever made in the country (received by e-mail).
* Women are dominating travel, more single women than single men traveling in the USA. One third of American adult women are single, reports Business2Community.
* The accommodation sector’s confidence index for the second quarter of this year was far lower than the three months preceding it, while the confidence level for the whole tourism industry also declined in the 2nd quarter relative to the 1st this year, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa FNB Tourism Business Index has found, reports Fin24.com
* Morgenster is planning a new restaurant with an (very big name) international partner, a Café, a Deli, and accommodation, a project which is still in development phase, but is planned to roll out over the next 13 months, we have been told telephonically.
* The Table Mountain Cableway will close from Monday 22 July – 25 August, for its annual maintenance.
* The ultimate bucket list? Eating at each of the 3 Michelin star restaurants around the world in six months at a mere $275000!
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage