* From 25 October FlySafair will offer flights between Cape Town, Durban, and East London, as well as between Johannesburg and the two cities. Costs start at R399 one way, reports Southern African Tourism Update. The routes were selected after a vote by 20000 passengers.
* Saronsberg is the wine estate which has been ranked highest in the South African Wine Index 2015 Wine Awards Report, of all local wine estates, on its performance in winning awards in 84 local and global competitions, followed by Bouchard Finlayson, Jordan, Hamilton Russell, KWV Mentors range, Rustenberg, Rijk’s, Groot Constantia, Constantia Glen, and Spier. (Received via media release from Minister Alan Winde’s office)
* A letter of complaint about the new Immigration Regulations and their effect on Tourism, written by DA Shadow Minister of Tourism James Vos, and addressed to the Tourism Complaints Officer, has been rejected and referred to the Department of Home Affairs, reports politicsweb.
* Not only have tourism numbers from China and Brazil declined in the year February 2014/2015 by 32% and 30% respectively, but travelers from the USA and Germany declined by 11% and 10% respectively, in the same period, reports Now Media. Only tourism numbers from the UK stayed relatively the same.
* Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa is hosting a Wine Car Boot Fair at Journey’s End Estate on the Sir Lowry’s Pass Road in Somerset West on 13 September. Members will offer their wines for tasting from the boot of unusual cars. There will be food stalls, bars, entertainment, and live music. Entrance R 150. Book at Quicket.co.za (received via media release from Hazell PR and Wine Consultants)