Category Archives: Cruise liners

Opulent Living Concept Store & Gallery shows off best of Cape Town art and design!

opulent-living-concept-store-interior-with-lampsOpulent Living and its owners Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast have established themselves as creative and dedicated in everything they touch, be it their former Opulent Living print magazine, or the annual ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ charity Gala Dinner, which they have organised for the past four years. Now they have opened the colourful Opulent Living Concept Store & Gallery on trendy Kloof Street.  Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 4 September

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*   Our economy is struggling, business confidence having fallen to its lowest level in 16 years. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Confidence Index fell from 88 in July to 84 in August! This scenario may cost the country’s workers 60000 jobs.

*   Given that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Durban, Continue reading →

Tourism Month 2015: foundation for Western Cape Tourism development in next five years!

Cape Town fogYesterday Tourism Month 2015 was launched by Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, who spoke at a media briefing about the province’s plans to grow employment in the tourism sector by 100000 by the year 2020.

The Western Cape Khulisa Project focuses on growth-generating sectors of our province’s economy, and Tourism is one of the most important to meet this goal! Minister Winde mentioned the investment of R 179 million by the V & A Waterfront to build a cruise liner terminal, as well as the doubling in size of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the new R680 million Tsogo Sun Hotel in the city centre, and the new Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 6 May

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*   Emirates has renewed its joint marketing agreements with the tourism bodies of South Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius, enabling the airline’s growing network to bring in more tourists to the three countries.

*    Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom will meet with Tourism Ministers from other African countries on Friday, ahead of Indaba, to reassure Continue reading →

Will Cape Town’s planned Cruise Terminal boost Tourism?

Cape Town cruise terminalIt appears that the Cape Town Cruise Terminal will be happening, but concerns are being expressed that the cost of building it may be larger than the revenue generated by the cruise ships visiting the city.  No additional cruise ships are expected to visit Cape Town as a result of the new Terminal, a tour operator told Tourism Update.

Cruise passengers need a facility to handle a large number of passengers to go on land, for the Department of Home Affairs staff in particular, and are less worried about the design of such a facility, being interested in the shopping and tourist highlights which the city they are visiting offers. As Cape Town would not receive visits from cruise liners every day of the year, the Cruise Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 10 March

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*   Edelweiss Air will offer two return flights per week between Cape Town and Zürich during the Cape’s next summer season, in new-look interior aircraft.  New seat configurations and an in-flight entertainment system with touch screens will be available.

*   Cape Town has the potential to become a tourism link to Antarctica, an opportunity which is not being utilised at all by our tourism authorities, shows research conducted at the University of Western Cape. The 6 hour flight from Cape Town has few seats reserved for tourists, the bulk of the 35000 tourists per year arriving by ship from Argentina.  Tourism facilities are minimal on the island, and the flights are expensive, not favouring the development of tourism currently.   Cruise tourism to Antarctica via Cape Town could also be encouraged.

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SAA wine selection scandal, perfect SA bribery and corruption soapie!

South-African-Airways-3-720x330-702x330 pouring wineCity Press reported over the weekend that SAA sommelier and Global Food and Beverage Manager, Bongi Sodladla, was feted with bribes and incentives to offer wine purchase contracts to those wineries which greased her palms.  Had Bribery Bongi not been going through  a divorce, and had her still-current husband Wonga Sodladla not been so generous with information sent to SAA last month about his wife’s misdemeanours, SAA, the wine industry, and the South African public would never have known what was going on behind the scenes of SAA’s wine buying!

We first heard of Bribery Bongi in October last year, when she appeared in an episode of Season 3 of MasterChef Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 3 November

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*   Bad news for the Cruise Tourism industry in Cape Town is that the planned announcement this month of the winning tender for the new cruise liner terminal has been cancelled, with a new tender being called due to none of the tenders meeting the basic requirements of the Request of Proposal.  Western Cape Tourism Minister Alan Winde said: ‘I was not happy with how long the process was taking anyway, and then when they phoned me and said they’ve decided to pull the plug on the tender process and readvertise, I was a bit grumpy‘.  New tenders are expected within the next six months.

*   Eskom appears to have made a plan to get more coal to the Majuba power station, where its silo cracked over the weekend, thereby allegedly preventing further power outages.

*   Crown Princess Mary from Denmark is visiting Cape Town, to open a Danish design exhibition as part of World Continue reading →