* SA Tourism may be feeling threatened by the World Travel Market Africa expo taking place in Cape Town a week before Indaba in May. To date Indaba has been the dominant tourism expo in South Africa and on the African continent. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk issued a statement, in support of Indaba (logical as it is organised by SA Tourism)! In it he reflects that (the very negative) feedback about Indaba 2013 was heard and taken into account in planning Indaba 2014, scheduled for 10 – 12 May. Key is the increasing attendance of African countries at Indaba, 22 to date, with a total of 1242 buyers having booked to attend to date. The Minister announced that a new bidding process will commence after Indaba 2014.
* Bistrot Bizerca appears to be in liquidation. The restaurant has been a Top 10 and Best Bistro restaurant in the past, but appears to have lost energy when it moved into Heritage Square over a year ago. (Note: See Comments for response on behalf of Bizerca, not explaining its liquidation in 2012, when it moved to the new premises)
* South Africa’s tourism growth is estimated to be 3,6%, below the global growth rate of 4,3%, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, measuring the impact of tourism in 184 countries. Tourism contributes R323 billion to our country’s economy, representing close to 10% of the GDP and 1,4 million jobs.
* Kleine Zalze has received ethical accreditation from Fairtrade for its work in assisting its ‘previously disadvantaged workers’, as well as protecting the environment, the result of a two year process. The Stellenbosch wine estate is to launch a Fairtrade range of wines, the proceeds of which will benefit its workers. (received via media release from Manley Communications)
* Orphanage Cocktail Emporium barkeep Assaf Yechiel has won the South African leg of the Bacardi Legacy Competition, held in Sandton last week. His ‘Dream Catcher’ cocktail is made of Bacardi Superior Rum, Pomegranate Juice, Dill Syrup, and Fermet Branca, which Assaf explained as follows: ‘it is about inspiring people to follow through with their – I would love to do that – moments. To live a little more, worry a little less and embrace life’s bizarre and wonderful gifts. Quite simply, it’s about being a Dream Catcher’. Assaf will represent South Africa at the Global Finals in Moscow in May. Past accolades that Assaf has won include Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Barman 2013, and The Olmeca Tahona Society 2012. (received via media release from Hype Media)
* The Franschhoek Literary Festival 2014 programme has been released. The Festival takes place from 16 – 18 May, and tickets can be booked via Webtickets.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage