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*   Renowned international Chef Paul Bocuse is to open Ratatouille Bistro and the L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy ride at Disneyland Paris, inspired by the 2007 ‘Ratatouille‘ animated movie.  One will be able to taste Bocuse’s ratatouille.  It is Bocuse’s second restaurant in the theme park.

*   Cape Town has been awarded the honour of being the Earth Hour Capital 2014 for South Africa, and is competing against 33 Finalist cities from around the world for Global Earth Hour City 2014, reports the Cape Times.  Earth Hour will be held from 20h30 – 21h30 on 29 March, as many lights being switched off as possible in that hour.  The Earth Hour City Challenge has been created by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and  Local Governments for Sustainability.

*   The Company’s Garden is to return to its roots, in having a vegetable garden reinstated by the City of Cape Town in what was Cape Town’s first fruit and vegetable garden, established by the Dutch East India Company after Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival in 1652.  The garden is one of 400 projects celebrating Cape Town as the host city for World Design Capital 2014.  The project follows the success of the Oranjezicht City Farm on Upper Orange Road.  The City wants to encourage companies to start their own vertical and rooftop gardens, reports the Cape Times.

*   ‘Wines of the Beautiful South‘, a wine marketing collaboration between South Africa, Argentina, and Chile for the fifth year running, will be present at ProWein 2014 in Düsseldorf from 23 – 25 March.  Top wines from the three countries will be available to taste, and wine and food pairing tastings will be offered. (received via De Kock Communications)

*   The Cape Town Carnival will be held at the Fan Walk on 15 March, the fifth time that it will be held.  The theme this year is ‘Imagine’, Western Cape Minister of Tourism Alan Winde announced today. Minister Winde highlighted the role of the Carnival for Cape Town and the province: ‘The Cape Town Carnival illustrates the significance of cultural tourism and how this region can offer visitors very unique experiences. It is also playing an important role in job creation: 642 work opportunities were created last year, the majority of which were for youth. These young people have the opportunity to shadow and assist experienced artisans allowing them to obtain valuable on the job experience.  The carnival also provides a boost for local entrepreneurs in the clothing industry, particularly for small Cut, Make and Trim (CMT) businesses. For instance, the carnival’s costume department spent R350 000 with local suppliers last year’. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)

*   Johannesburg is evaluating what it needs to become a world-class convention and conference city, with a brainstorm meeting being held with the tourism, travel, leisure, and hospitality industry representatives tomorrow.  The meeting will debate whether there is a need to expand the capacity for conferences and conventions in Johannesburg, and the city’s competitiveness relative to Cape Town and Durban.   Hotel capacity to host conferences and conventions, and the potential of specific types of conferences will also be evaluated.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www,whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage