WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 13/14 December


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   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 about the area’s unique activities and sites until 5 January.  Said Wesgro Chief Marketing Officer Judy Lain:  ‘Following their unique experiences at the V&A Wheel of Excellence or Table Mountain Cableway, visitors have the opportunity to have their picture taken. This is when they receive their personalised postcard on which they will find a QR code on the back.  After scanning this code, they will be directed to a beautiful overview video of the Western Cape which showcases many of our unique and beautiful attractions and activities. The idea is around promoting unexpected discovery of the province online while experiencing something unique as the V&A Wheel of Excellence or Table Mountain Cableway. The video is shareable, driving higher reach’. (received via media release from Wesgro)

*   The City of Cape Town has announced that it is giving the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the launch of ‘A Century of Symphony’, a three-year grant. (received via newsletter from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra)

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

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2 replies on “WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 13/14 December”

  1. Well done Gordon NJ on your well deserved award. We visited NJ in October & tasted & bought several bottles of the excellent Pinot Noir. They will be enjoyed over Christmas!!

    BA served it in First on our flight back to the UK. Our excellent steward, Joe left us the bottle to enjoy with our dinner!! 🙂

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