While I have shopped at IKEA in Southampton with my son now living in the UK, I have not been near an IKEA anything in Cape Town. This changed last week, during Design Indaba 2019, when IKEA had a prominent IKEA Överallt ( meaning everywhere in Swedish) outdoor stand at the foot of the Artscape Theatre building. It reflected the best creativity in design in Africa, a social responsibility project of the global Swedish home interior design company. But there is little chance of the company opening any stores in our country within the next five years, it was confirmed. Continue reading →
* Only two South African hotels have made the Conde Nast Traveler list of 60 Hot Hotels, on the basis of ‘Good Food’. This is a surprise award for the Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard (now owned by Sir Richard Branson, but not much is new or ‘hot’ in this restaurant, having the same chef and waitron staff since he took over!). The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff has also made the list in this category, with a chef unknown to most.
* Travel agents and tour operators are no longer marketing South Africa as a destination due to the new Continue reading →
* Malusi Gigaba, the Minister of Public Enterprises, has instructed SAA to cancel its order for 23 wide-body long-haul aircraft, which the airline said that the fuel efficient aircraft would turn around its loss situation.
* SAA is resuming its non-stop flights between OR Thambo and JF Kennedy airports from 9 March, ahead of schedule. On its return flights SAA made a refueling stop at Dakar.
* Simonsig has begun harvesting its Pinot Noir, a week later than normal due to higher summer rainfalls. The grapes have higher levels of acidity than usual, and will go into the making of their Kaapse Vonkel MCC. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* South African Cuisine and Culture are of greater interest than Wildlife to Indian tourists. The role of Robben Island, and the incarceration of the late Nelson Mandela, is of great interest to them, and is being added to tour itineraries.
* SA Tourism has hosted a pre-launch screening celebration for ‘Mandela: The Long walk to Freedom‘, in Sydney, ahead of the movie launch Continue reading →
* The petrol attendants’ strike, threatened to have started today, has been averted for the time being.
* The World Travel Awards Europe winners have been announced: Yorkshire Best Region, Portugal Best Golf destination, Waldorf Astoria Hotel Berlin Best New Hotel, Zurich Airport Best Airport, Lufthansa Best Airline, easyJet Best Low Cost Airline, and Hilton Leading Hotel group.
* The harvest in Bordeaux is down by 20% this year, the lowest in just more than twenty years.
* The Western Cape focus for September as Tourism Month follows the international theme of water, Tourism Minister Alan Winde has announced. Mr Winde said Continue reading →