WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine new headlines: 6 November


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   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 part of World Travel Market Africa 2015.  At World Travel Market in London, Cape Town celebrated receiving two Gold Awards for Responsible Tourism, Hotel Verde winning Best City Hotel, and the V&A Waterfront winning Best Destination!   The overall World Responsible Tourism Award went to SAASA (South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance), which represents Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, and Jukani on the Garden Route. (received via media release from Cape Town Tourism)

*   A new Wine Label Design Awards competition has been launched, sponsored by label supplier Rotolabel, and is endorsed by World Design Capital 2014.  The object of the Awards is to evaluate the effect of design on wine purchases.  Entries can be submitted until 21 January 2015, at a cost of R300 each.  Judges include Sean Harrison, Chef George Jardine, Ivan Ortle of Woolworths, Joanne Thomas of Jupiter Drawing Room, and competition convenor Christian Eedes of winemag.co.za.  Label designs will be judged in price categories, and as series, and will be evaluated on originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal, and effectiveness as a piece of communication‘.  A consumer vote will form part of the judging.

*   The Winelands Express will travel between Cape Town Station and Spier on 16 and 30 November. For a price of R390 per adult and R295 per child, one can visit the Eagle Encounter, do a wine tasting of Spier wines, receive a bottle of red and white Spier Signature wine each, and enjoy lunch at Eight or select items for a picnic from Eight to Go Deli to the value of R 125.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100, Twitter:@WhaleCottage Facebook:  click here

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