WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 13 February

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*   More than 400 African tourism products and services have signed up as exhibitors at INDABA2015, to be held in Durban from 9 – 11 May.

*   SAA is resuming daily direct non-stop flights between Johannesburg and New York from 7 March, a time reduction on the northern route of one and a half hours.

*   ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ is on everyone’s lips the world over, with its international release today, timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day tomorrow.   Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance, Napoleon’s favourite sweet wine, as well as Bollinger, make an appearance in the film, Christian Grey drinking Grande Année Rosé 1999. The two wine brands also appear in the book.

*   The recent India Road Show by 63 local tourism product and service owners has been very successful, says SA Tourism Country Manager for India Hanneli Slabber, adding: ‘This year, we saw a lot of South African suppliers making their debut in India through the roadshow and they have all received tremendous response and enquiries from all markets. As a tourism board, we are glad to provide this interactive platform for enhancing destination knowledge and strengthening business opportunities between Indian trade and SA products. During the roadshow, we saw travel agent’s inclination to learn and sell luxury and adventure offerings of South Africa’.

*   Woolworths’ sales may be affected by loadshedding in future, even though the retailer has invested in generators for most of its stores and distribution centres, to maintain the cold chain. Woolworths CEO Ian Moir said: ‘It’s not the first time this country has seen load shedding, although not this bad … We can protect our food so we don’t have waste, so we’re less impacted than others but if you look at the loadshedding projections, its going to be a tougher six months than the last’.

*   Ernst Gouws & Co has changed its logo and label, to round from previously oval, inspired by the ‘circle of life’.  The label now uses matt copper foil on cotton-type paper stock, reflecting Gouws Snr’s personal seal of approval.

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

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