We have already predicted that Cape Town and our country will be overrun with German tourists in the next few months, given a documentary screened on 3sat German TV last week (‘Reisen in Ferne Welten: Kapstadt‘), as well as two movies about South Africa (‘Südafrika: Der Kinofilm‘, and ‘Der Geilste Tag‘ ) showing in German movie theaters Continue reading →
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, whose portfolio includes Tourism, has described the Tourism season lying ahead as ‘phenomenal‘. He has welcomed tourists visiting our province.
Since October the hospitality industry has improved dramatically, Continue reading →
* NATIVE Media has launched a full-channel media service, that goes beyond the traditional ad agency media channels, to start with digital channels and building traditional channels on top of that. The media planning and buying service will be headed up by Gordon Muller and Trish Guildford.
* Pop-up restaurants are here to stay, and are increasingly supported by food lovers who are prepared to pay a premium to attend such a restaurant. They give young chefs an opportunity to try their hand in running their own mini-restaurant.
* Cape Town’s Tourism Big Six has grown to the Big Seven, with the addition of the Cape Town City Walk, a new service which is to be launched on Saturday 18 April, a walk covering the Company’s Garden, the Fan Walk, St George’s Mall, Waterkant Continue reading →
* Newton Johnson Cellarmaster Gordon Newton Johnson has been admitted to the Cape Winemakers’ Guild as its 46th member. It recognises his achievements as winemaker of Pinot Noir in particular, and winning this year’s Platter’s Red Wine of The Year. Membership is by invitation only. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* ‘Festive Franschhoek’ runs until Tuesday, and is intended to attract Capetonians and tourists to come and do their Christmas shopping in Franschhoek rather than in manic Cape Town. Shops such as Peacock Blue, Indian Summer, Masquerade Antiques & Things, and Troll Beads will stay open until 20h00, misleadingly marketed as ‘late night shopping’! Misleading too is the invitation to ‘Enjoy a five-star meal at Reuben’s...’, the restaurant only having made a 4-star rating in the Diners Club Rossouw’s Restaurant Guide this year, irresponsible overmarketing by Mariette du Toit-Helmbold of Destinate, running the promotion! One suspects that all participants had to pay her company for the promotion!
* Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, has won Miss World 2014, a wonderful marketing opportunity for our country!
* Wesgro and Happy Snappy are jointly developing a mobile campaign to inform visitors to Cape Town and the Western Cape Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the weather in Cape Town in the past ten days, which has been picture perfect, putting on its best face to give the thousands of holidaymakers a fantastic time in our beautiful city. As a guest house owner in Camps Bay, which gets badly hit by south-easters which can exceed 120 km/hour and can intimidate visitors not familiar with such strong wind speeds, we have been delighted, as our guests have been able to enjoy the beautiful view by sitting on our terrace for breakfast, and we have easily been able to get our laundry dry without fear that it blows away! The forecast rain is to return just as the bulk of Festive Season holiday-makers leave Cape Town on Sunday! Continue reading →
We are delighted to have been included in the ‘100 Great SA Travel Twitter Feeds‘ list, which was compiled by travelstartblog. The list of 100 top Travel Twitter feeds follows below, in no particular order the blog states, based on the following selection process: ‘To formulate our list, we first had to decide on a few criteria we feel make a travel focused Twitter feed exciting. This isn’t an exact science, but with the help of a few online tools such as Twitter search and our own observations, we’ve been able to arrive at a fairly inclusive list. Active participation on Twitter was a significant part of the selection criteria, as was location (South Africa), number of followers as well as social authority’.
1. Meruschka Govender, @MzansiGirl
2. Cape Town, @CapeTown
3. Gautrain, @TheGautrain
4. South African Tourism, @GoToSouthAfrica
5. Ryan van Zyl, @concierge_ryan
6. Cape Town Tourism, @CapeTownTourism
7. Ben, @sa_tourguide
8. SA Weather Service, @SAWeatherServic
9. CapeTownMagazine.com, @CapeTownMag
10. Table Mountain Cable Way, @TableMountainCa
11. US Embassy Pretoria, @USEmbPretoria
12. Ryan Sandes, @ryansandes
13. Black Coffee, @RealBlackCoffee
14. James Costello, @jamescapetown
15. Ryan Mackie, @SATourismCo
16. SATravelTrade, @SATravelTrade
17. Clare Appleyard, @clareappleyard
18. Clare Townsend, @BloodyClarey
19. William Price, @william_price
20. Jonker Fourie, @FireflyAfrica
21. Mariette dT-Helmbold, @MariettedTH
22. Sarah Duff, @SarahDuff
23. Dawn Jorgensen, @DawnJorgensen
24. Getaway Magazine, @GetawayMagazine
25. Jan Hutton, @janinehutton
26. Narina Exelby, @NarinaExelby
27. Peregrine Magazine, @PeregrineMag
28. Skye Grove, @SkyeGrove
29. Sarah Khan, @BySarahKhan
30. Thando Moleketi, @JoziFoodieFix
31. eTNW, @eTNW_SA
32. Chris Von Ulmenstein, @whalecottage Continue reading →
* The Free World Design Centre in Cape Town is hosting trendtalk#6 on 3 September, with the theme ‘the colour of the times’. It forms part of National Colour Week, which runs from 1 – 7 September. Key presenters will share the latest design and décor trends. Entry is free of charge. The trendtalk#6 speaker panel includes journalist Les Aupiais, fashion stylist Catherine Bowen, and colour trend forecaster Anne Roselt. (via media release from Free World Design Centre)
* The Table Mountain Cableway re-opens tomorrow, after a five week closure.
* South Africa has two of CNN Travel Top 10 golf courses in Africa: The Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, and the Fancourt Links course.
* All Gold is South African’s best loved brand, and the top 10 brand list includes nine FMCG household brands and the Clicks Club Card. No beverages other than Coca Cola feature on the Top 10 list, and no wine nor beer brands feature on the Top 30 list, in a study conducted about 8000 brands amongst 15000 South Africans.
* Durbanville Hills is offering a tasting on 22 August of Sauvignon Blancs and Merlots, from Durbanville Hills, Chile, France, New Zealand and Australia, led by cellar master Martin Moore. The tasting will be followed by a Thai green curry dinner. (via De Kock Communications)
* Madame Zingara’s ‘The Miracle Tour’ is extending its run in the V&A Waterfront to include the rest of winter, the company has announced by e-mail today. Continue reading →
* Wellington is hosting a food and wine festival on 14 September, it has cleverly called Fork & Cork.
* The Western Cape is hoping to attract 100000 cycle tourists by 2023, reports Southern Africa Tourism Update, and is working with the Dutch Embassy in conducting an economic impact study.
* SA Tourism expects tourism growth of 8% from Germany in the next year, lower than the 13% growth achieved in the past year. Interesting is that 70% of Germans still book their holidays via travel agents, even though they do extensive research about the holiday themselves in the internet.
* The shares of listed UK travel companies are seeing a drop, due to the UK heatwave, reports TravelMole.
* BA has developed ‘movie-flavoured popcorn‘ for a film festival to be held in London next week, including ‘shark bite’, ‘shaken and not stirred Martini’, and ‘suncream’ flavours, and may serve them on flights in future. Continue reading →