*. Noma owner Chef René Redzepi has announced that he is closing down the tasting menu Noma on 31 December 2016, moving to the Christiania suburb in Copenhagen, where he will build a glass house over a derelict skating park for a new restaurant, and create an urban farm. The produce served as well as the place settings will change as the seasons change. In January next year Noma sets up a pop-up restaurant in Sydney for 10 weeks.
* The Western Cape Government’s Tourism department has made a detailed analysis of the new visa regulations, and their impact on Tourism in the province. It has been compiled by Minister of Economic Opportunity Alan Winde’s Red Tape Reduction Unit, and has been sent to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, and inter-ministerial committee chairman Cyril Ramaphosa. The analysis shows that Medical Tourism has been particularly badly hit, a R10 billion industry which has patients that need three months or more to recover, necessitating that they must return to their country to reapply for a new visa. A major hotel group has achieved a loss of R2,5 million over an 18 month period, while two major international conferences have experienced booking declines of up to 71% due to the regulations! (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
* Airbnb has come under attack in Sydney, describing the sharing accommodation service as a taking economy! The hotel industry is requesting the government to ‘crack down on dodgy short-term stays’, given the ‘flood of unregulated short-term accommodation’ that unfairly competes against the established accommodation sector. ‘The new investment (in hotels) is threatened by the spiraling increase in unregulated short-term accommodation’. The playing field should be leveled. The informal 10000 rooms and apartments have no permits, do not employ staff, have no safety insurance, do nothing for the promotion of tourism, and do not pay taxes.
*. Boschendal is offering tours of its new 2ha bio-friendly vegetable and herb garden on 31 October and 1 November. The Werf Food Garden tours will be led by Boschendal Horticulturist Megan McCarthy, and cost R150, including a welcome drink, a gift bag, and snacks. (received via newsletter from Boschendal)
*. Thinus Neethling is the new winemaker of Chamonix, following the departure of Gottfried Mocke, who has joined Boekenhoutskloof. Neethling worked with Mocke, and previously spent time in Europe and California. (received via newsletter from Chamonix)