Despite the tourism industry being up in arms about the implementation of the Immigration Regulations pertaining to children travelers, which are effective from today, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has been silent about the matter, which he was asked to address twelve month ago already when he became the Minister of Tourism.
The new regulations prescribe that children under the age of 18 years have to travel with an unabridged birth certificate, which must specify the names of both parents. Travelers (adults and children) from countries for which visa applications have to be made, such as India and China, must apply in person, so that biometric details can be Continue reading →
On Kfm yesterday I heard a news broadcast, with its leading story being that SA Tourism has admitted that loadshedding is affecting tourists, making the announcement more than a month after loadshedding returned with a vengeance.
SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said that loadshedding affects all sectors of the Tourism industry, including getting tourists to attractions on time, influenced by traffic lights not working. He added that we are not the only country with power outages.
For the accommodation sector, which he did not mention, loadshedding from 8h00 – 10h30, as we have experienced in our guest Continue reading →
* The 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index shows Johannesburg as being the most popular ‘destination city in Africa’, the second time that the city has won the accolade two years running. The city is expecting 4,3 million visitors this year, a 5% increase on last year, with an estimated expenditure of $3,2 billion. Cape Town follows in second place, Durban in 3rd place, Cairo in 4th, and Casablanca in 5th place. Cape Town is expected to receive 1,6 million international visitors this year, with a spend of $2,2 billion.
* It is ironic that SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima could not attend World Travel Market (WTM) in London this week, to represent our country at the second largest travel and tourism exhibition in the world, because he did not have a valid visa for the UK!
* Cape Town will host the 2015 Responsible Tourism in Destination Conference, the City of Cape Town has announced, forming Continue reading →
* An increasing number of Indian TV shows and series is being filmed in countries outside of India, and South Africa is one of the countries benefiting too (see the promo for Dare2Dance, shot in Cape Town). SA Tourism Country Manager for India Hannelie Slabber said: ‘We have seen a great increase in films and television channels approaching us for associations over the last few years’. Most of the shooting has been in Gauteng, the Western Cape including the Garden Route, and KwaZulu-Natal, while the Kruger National Park is a popular film location too.
* Domaine des Dieux won the 14th Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2014 with its Claudia Brut 2009, a Pinot Noir Chardonnay blend, for Best Brut Blend and Best Producer against 100 other Cap Classique entries. Graham Beck and Lord both took the top honours in the Blended Brut category. The former MCC producer also won Best Vintage (2009) and Best Non-Vintage Rosé. Laborie won Best Vintage Blanc de Blancs (2010), and Colmant the Best Blanc de Blanc non-Vintage category. Simonsig won the Museum Class for its Kaapse Vonkel 2004. Judging panel chairman Allan Mullins of Woolworths said that the sparkling wines showed more consistency this year, and were of a higher quality. Mullins was named the inaugural recipient of the Frans Malan Legacy Award.
* ‘Reconsider‘, the TV commercial created by Ireland/Davenport for SA Tourism, has already been seen more than 700000 times on YouTube, and will also be flighted on CNN and National Geographic, reaching ‘more than 1,3 billion households’, the media statement of the agency claims! The commercial highlights the beauty of our country, but also the specialness of our people. Agency MD Philip Ireland said: ‘We were very lucky to have a client who not only believed in us but who stayed incredibly close to the creative process, and refused to accept anything less than world class from us. At every step there was an absolute refusal to compromise. South Africa is a world class destination and it was imperative that the thinking and the execution were not just flawless, but better than anything the category had seen before‘, to which SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima added: ‘It puts the South African people at the heart of South Africa’s appeal’.
* SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima seems to have making a rare visit to Cape Town, the jewel in the tourism crown, where he has come to attend the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. He is upbeat about tourism to our country, saying it is ‘the new mining‘! It is good to hear him compliment our city, which receives the bulk of international tourists to our country: ‘It is endowed with natural beauty. No matter how other provinces want to compete, they don’t have Table Mountain, Robben Island, the wine routes’. Good media coverage for Cape Town, as well as its conference facilities benefit Cape Town. When asked about the new Immigration Regulations he said that he would wait for the Ministers of Tourism and Home Affairs to discuss the impact of the Regulations on tourism.
* Lovers of the MasterChef cooking series can now join a MasterChef Cruise around the Caribbean from 8 – 15 November, passengers being put through their paces in a number of challenges including Pressure Tests and Mystery Boxes. MasterChef judge Graham Elliot, and past winners of the series will be taking the passengers through the cooking programme, which includes blind taste tests, making macaroons, sushi, pasta, cocktails, all leading to a winner chosen as the MasterChef Cruise Champion.
* The Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition 2015 has kicked off, seeking the best cocktail in the country. The competition Continue reading →
* Growth in South Africa’s tourism industry is affected negatively by reduced government expenditure, slow visa approvals, crime perceptions, infrastructural restrictions, language barriers, and poor domestic tourism, said SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima at the South African Travel and Tourism Summit.
* A massive storm has affected air, train and ferry travel in the United Kingdom. More than 130 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow alone.
* A Climate Experience Centreis to be built in the V&A Waterfront next year, for usage from 2015, Princess Astrid of Belgium announced in Cape Town on Friday. It will be the first centre of its kind in the world, allowing visitors to learn about the effect of climate change via virtual reality technology. The royal party also visited Almenkerk Wine Estate in Elgin last week.
* Premium South African wines are increasingly being exported to other African countries, Nigeria in particular, as well as to Ghana, Angola, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
* American travelers are likely to rate service satisfactionhighest, and the Japanese tourists the lowest, with French, German, Italian, Spanish and British tourists falling in between these satisfaction rating spectrums. This finding comes from a multicountry service satisfaction study conducted amongst a sample of 200000 travelers.
* Hotel prices are increasing, and are close to 2006 levels, just prior to the global economic prices, a sign of a recovery of the world economy.
* The Cape Winemakers Guild will accept real time online bidding at the auction of its wines at Spier on 5 October. The biggest selection of 59 wines in the 29 year history of the Auction will go under the hammer. A Final Pre-Auction Tasting for prospective auction buyers will be held at Spier the day prior. (via media release from GC Communications)
* American travelers are expected to travel more but spend less next year, traveling in their own country in the main, an international survey has found.
* Is sugar as addictive as cigarette smoking or drugs was a questions asked at the Sugar Association of South Africa conference.
* Frankfurt airportsaw 5,8 million passengers pass through its doors in August, an increase of 3,6 %. and the highest passenger number ever.
* As the world focuses on South America for the FIFA World Cup 2014 and Continue reading →