* British travelers can experience a virtual taste of Cape Town and other South African highlights whilst in Manchester(NoHo) and in London (Corbet Place), with a special film about our city on the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. Abseiling down Table Mountain, shark-cage diving, paragliding, kite-surfing, feeding elephants, and visiting the Johannesburg Neighbourgoods Market are featured. Two viewers will win tickets to travel to South Africa, to experience our country’s beauty in reality.
* For the first time Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has admitted that the Immigration Regulations, which were implemented in part in June last year, have affected tourism arrivals! He said yesterday: ‘We cannot sweep under the carpet the fact that our current visa regulations are widely seen as a significant obstacle to increasing travel to our country’. He added that his Department is attempting to quantify the effect of the regulations on Tourism, and hoped that a meeting would soon be called to discuss the two most pertinent elements of the new Regulations, being the unabridged birth certificates, and applying for visas in person. The Minister expressed his support of the Department of Home Affairs in combating child trafficking.
* Air China’s flights between Johannesburg and Beijing will commence in August, having previously announced to be scheduled from May onwards.
* The first SAA flight from Johannesburg landed in Abu Dhabi over the weekend via a new codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways. The airport forms a hub for passengers from Africa to the Gulf region, Europe, Asia, Australia, and India, with daily flights between the two airports.
* The new Nederburg Heritage Heroes range has been listed at Chef Marco Pierre White’s newest restaurant Wheelers Rib Room and Oyster Bar in London. Last year he did a celebrity chef appearance on MasterChef SA Season 3. Roger Jones’ The Harrow at Little Bedwyn also offers some of the wines in this range. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)