It was a shock to see today that none of our country’s top restaurants have made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, with both The Test Kitchen and La Colombe named today in the 51 – 100 ranking list, announced a week ahead of the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurant ceremony in Melbourne next Wednesday! (more…)
Entries tagged with “South Africa”.
Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
Monday 10th October 2016 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
It was in the UK in July that I saw the music video for ‘Perfect Strangers’ by record producer Jonas Blue for the first time, and I could not believe that all of it was filmed in Cape Town, doing an amazing tourism marketing job for our city, as the song edges closer to the top of international music charts!
Wednesday 31st August 2016 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
SA Tourism has revealed a ‘five in five’ marketing strategy aimed at increasing tourism numbers to our country by five million in the next five years, four million tourists to be international and one million domestic, reports SA Tourism Update.
Thursday 14th April 2016 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
Influential travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has announced its 2015 Readers Choice Top 15 Food Cities in the World. For the first time Cape Town is at the top of the list! (more…)
Saturday 20th February 2016 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
The devaluation of the Rand, especially since President Zuma’s Nenegate in December, is not all plain sailing, having negative effects on the wine industry too, warns Wines of South Africa CEO Siobhan Thompson. The weak Rand is expected to dominate for a year.
The positive benefit of the devaluation of the Rand in making the country’s wines more affordable in international markets, will be counteracted by the increased prices of imported corks, barrels, equipment, yeast, and closures. Increased inflation will be likely to drive up wages too, adding to cost increases.
Local wine farmers were advised to hedge their businesses against currency fluctuations, to balance wine exports and local sales, and to increase sales of premium wines.
Ms Thompson warned that the exchange rate devaluation would severly affect international marketing budgets by up to 25-30%, either leading to reduced marketing activity in overseas markets, or a substantial increase in marketing budget will be required. She warned that this could negatively affect building brand ‘South Africa‘ in international markets. She also said: ‘We need to stand true to our strategy of building value over volume. South Africa is serious about growing its image and higher price tier offerings and we need to continue doing so and not be pushed to lower FOBs and price points due to the Rand devaluing’.
Source: The Drinks Business
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Wednesday 6th January 2016 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
South Africa can expect a Tourist boom from Germany this year, with another film about our country to be launched in Germany on 25 February. The documentary about our country is called ‘Südafrika: der Kinofilm‘ (South (more…)
Wednesday 25th November 2015 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
In a survey conducted about the cost of accommodation in 30 South African suburbs, towns and villages, Camps Bay was found to offer the most expensive accommodation for the peak summer season. Surprising is that smaller towns also feature on the most (more…)
Thursday 19th November 2015 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
How does Chef Jenny Morris do it? In one week she has launched her new series of ‘Jenny and Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy on Food Network, launched her new ‘World Atlas of Food: 100 countries, a world of flavours’, and has launched her new Jenny Morris Giggling Gourmet range of wines made (more…)
Tuesday 17th November 2015 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
In a deal signed with Famous Brands, it was announced today that the 120 year-old French bakery chain, with ‘chic stores’ in 41 countries (more…)
Le Quartier Français’ The Tasting Room Chef Margot Janse sets record of longest-standing fine-dining chef in SA!
Tuesday 15th September 2015 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
Today culinary history is made with Chef Margot Janse of The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, now part of the Leeu Collection, celebrating her 20th anniversary at the same restaurant! There is no Fine Dining chef in our country who has worked in the same (more…)