Entries tagged with “Sri Lanka”.


It was announced by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) yesterday that Durban has lost the rights to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, it was reported in Business Day.  (more…)

At World Travel Market, held in London last week, survey information was released that has severe repercussions for the local tourism industry, in demonstrating how cash-strapped the UK market remains, and how few British are planning to travel.  The UK is the largest source market for tourism to our country, if one disregards cross-border visitors from Africa.

A World Travel Market survey found that a holiday no longer is a necessity for the British, 38 % not having taken a holiday this year, and 59 % have only taken one holiday this year, reports Southern African Tourism Update. It is the cost of taxes (the UK Air Passenger Duty) which is a substantial deterrent to overseas travel, and further rises in the Duty are anticipated, the report says.  Fiona Jeffery, Chairman of World Travel Market, said that British consumers used to travel regularly, locally and overseas, every year.  “The global financial downturn has meant UK consumers have had to justify every penny they spend.  This has had a real impact on the travel industry. However, many now have reduced their number of holidays or stopped going on holiday at all”, she said.

Even more disconcerting is the result of another World Travel market survey conducted amongst British residents that had already been on a holiday this year.  Almost half said they had no interest in travelling to South Africa, while 42 %  were reasonably interested, reports Southern African Tourism Update. Comparing interests in South Africa as a holiday destination relative to the other BRICS countries, our country’s tourism communication has not been seen by 70 % of the respondents polled in the UK.   South Africa ranked third of the BRICS countries to visit ‘if money was no object‘, Brazil and China having a higher tourist interest.  A threat to BRICS tourism could be the SLIMMA nations, the survey found, consisting of Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mexico and Argentina, with investment in infrastructure, natural beauty and high disposable income.

The UK market has represented as much as 40 – 50 % of Cape Town tourism business, and it will be sorely missed this summer.  While more Germans are travelling this season, their increase is not making up the UK tourist loss.

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

South Africa is one of 31 destinations recommended for travel in 2010 by the New York Times on its site www.nytimes.com.  The top five destinations are Sri Lanka, Patagonia Wine Country (San Patricio del Chavar), Seoul, Mysore in India, and Copenhagen. 

“Waiting in the wings”, according to the article, as places to go to in 2010 are countries/cities which include Damascus, Antarctica, Leipzig, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Minorca, Costa Rica, Marrakesh, Bahia in Brazil, Kitzbuehl in Austria, Norway and South Africa.

South Africa made 22nd place on the list, and its selection is motivated by the Soccer World Cup taking place this year,  and Cape Town is highlighted as the best city in the country.  The full text motivating the selection of South Africa on the list follows:

“As host of the 2010 World Cup this summer, South Africa has gotten its game on with a flurry of new stadiums, new hotels and safari lodges.  While soccer is being played across nine cities, much of the action off the field is taking place in Cape Town. Already known for its stunning beaches, mouthwatering cuisine and sophisticated night life, the city is welcoming high-end hotels, including the recently opened One & Only Cape Town and the forthcoming Taj Cape Town (www.tajhotels.com/capetown). Set to open this month, the Taj will have 166 rooms, many with views of Table Mountain. Also scheduled to open in Cape Town this year — but not in time for the World Cup — is the second branch of the nascent Missoni Hotels group (the first property opened in Edinburghlast year, with future outposts planned for Kuwait, Brazil and Oman). Between matches, there’s plenty of time to go on a safari. If money is no object, check out the Ulusaba  (www.ulusaba.virgin.com), a private game reserve that’s part of Richard Branson‘s collection of luxury vacation properties. It has opened the new Cliff Lodge, with private swimming pools and spectacular views of the bush. Prices start at 13,800 South African rand (around $1,878 at 7.35 rand to the dollar) a night for two.”

The full article can be read here.

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

The tourism industry celebrated good news on two fronts yesterday  –  a 1 % percentage point drop in the interest rate, and the announcement that the 2009 Indian Premier League cricket matches will be hosted in South Africa from 18 April – 24 May.

The Governor of the Reserve Bank Tito Mboweni announced the drop in the interest rate, bringing the interest rate down to 13 %, its lowest level since June 2007.   The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee will be meeting monthly from now onwards, paving the way for regular rate cuts in future.

England lost to South Africa in hosting the Indian Premier League tournament, which had to be shifted away from India due to safety concerns.   The Indian government felt that it could not guarantee the safety of the players due to elections being held in India during April and May, given the attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Mumbai in November.   South Africa was chosen mainly due to concerns over the weather in England in April, and the county cricket season being underway in the UK at the same time, reports Sky News.

Twelve South African cricketers, including Graeme Smith, Morne Morkel, Tyrone Henderson, JP Duminy, Ryan McLaren, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers, have been contracted to Indian teams for the 2009 Indian Premier League season, reports www.southafrica.info.

Later this year, South Africa will host the 2009 cricket Champions Trophy, from 24 September – 5 October, at the Wanderers and Centurion stadia in Johannesburg and Pretoria, respectively.   South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates will compete for the trophy.