* Chinese tourists have surpassed German and American tourists in expenditure for the first time, spending more than $100 billion on tourism in the past year, a 40% increase. South Africa does not yet feature on the top 10 list of countries Chinese visitors would like to visit.
* Distell’s earnings grew by 12% to reach R15,9 billion, and its profit by 10%, the weak exchange rate being a boost to sales, especially within Africa.
* More than 1 million tickets have been applied for in the FIFA World Cup 2014 soccer lottery within 7 hours of ticket sales opening on Tuesday. Ticket allocations will only be done in October.
* German visa application centres have opened in Centurion, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth.
* Wine blogging has ‘grown up‘, and is taken as seriously as wine writing in conventional media, an increasing number of American wine bloggers now contributing to newspapers and other conventional publications!
* The One&Only Cape Town is hosting a 3-course gala benefit dinner on 18 September to raise funds for the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative, which has been addressing rhino poaching since the ‘Fifties, when its founder Dr Ian Player initiated Operation Rhino. The cost is R500 per person. (via media release from Manley Communications)
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage