* An International Institute for Peace through Tourism World Symposium will be held in Johannesburg from 16 – 19 February, in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. The symposium will ‘honour the legacies of the world’s three champions of peace and non-violence‘…’by building bridges of tourism, friendship and peace‘ between Africa, Asia, and North America in the main.
* The launch of FlySafair next week will have a temporary effect of lowering domestic airline prices. The new airline will offer a base price for the seat plus two pieces of hand luggage at 7 kg, extra charges being levied for meals, checked luggage, and pre-booked seats. The airline says that the fares offered are not just opening specials and are sustainable. Skywise and Fly Blue Crane are also waiting to take off, offering flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Mango does not expect a price war to develop after the launch of the new low-cost airlines.
* Tolene van der Merwe has been appointed as SA Tourism Country Manager for the UK, having previously worked in travel agencies, hotel groups, and operated her own consultancy. She has worked in the UK for the past nine years.
* The Cruz Premium Vodka Company New York NY has won a Gold medal and Consumers Choice Award for its Cruz Vintage Black at the Spirits International Prestige Awards in California. Last year the brand won a Gold medal at The Vodka Masters in London. The brand is distilled five times and charcoal filtered three times. It is available locally in bars, restaurants, and night clubs. (received via media release from Hazell PR and Wine Consultants)
* Spier is making its Auditorium come alive again, with regular Music on the Vine concerts planned monthly. Artists performing include Beatenberg, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Emo Adams, and Jeremy Loops. (received via newsletter from Spier)