* Cape Town Tourism has launched a campaign focused on Capetonians, to celebrate Tourism Month this month, encouraging locals to experience their own city. Based on the view that locals may not always appreciate the beauty of the city, they have been invited to photograph the yellow frames giving a different perspective on Table Mountain, erected to celebrate World Design Capital 2014 throughout Cape Town (in the V&A Waterfront, at Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha, as well as in Blaauwberg), with their friends and family. The winning photograph will win a Cape Town experience valued at R30000. (received via media release from Cape Town Tourism)
* Western Cape Tourism Minister Alan Winde hopes that the forthcoming tourism season will be the best yet, despite the damage that the Immigration Regulations can do to families wishing to visit our province. He will be hosting a ‘Tourism Plenary‘ later this month, to draft a Western Cape Cycling Tourism Strategy, in how to attract 100000 cyclists to the province annually. New tourism routes in rural areas of the province are on the cards. (received via media release from Minster Winde’s office)
* Global air travel increased by 5% in July relative to the twelve months prior, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The slowest growth was in North America (3%), and the highest at 9% in the Middle East.
* The City of Cape Town has increased the encroachment charge for restaurants’ outside tables, restaurant owners fearing that it may lead to staff retrenchments, and even restaurant closures. The previous cost of R60 per table has almost doubled to R100 per table per annum. The City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for Tourism, Events, and Marketing Garreth Bloor said that the rates were last set in 1980. The tariff increase may lead restaurants to close down their outside seating. There was no warning to the effected businesses from the City.
* Waterkloof has launched its Healey’s Single Release Cheddar, a raw milk cheddar which has been aged for 12 months, and which has already won a silver medal at the 2014 World Champion Cheese Contest in the USA. Friesian milk is used, giving the cheese ‘complex savoury notes‘. The cheese can be bought at the Waterkloof Tasting Room at R45 per 200 gram wedge. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)
* Allée Bleue’s Pinotage 2012 has been named an ABSA Pinotage Top 10, classified for the first time as Wine of Origin Franschhoek in that the grapes from the farm were used, having been brought in from Piekenierskloof in the past, and is the first vintage Pinotage made by its winemaker Van Zyl du Toit. (received via media release from Manley Communications)