WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 17 September


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   A travel study conducted on behalf of Google in the USA has found that mobile Apps are less likely to be used to plan and book a trip, multiple devices now being used to book trips.  The ‘Traveler’s Road to Decision‘ is yet to be published, but report highlights have been released.  Search engines are increasingly consulted first in planning a trip, and in searching for car rental, cruises, and accommodation, at the expense of Apps, for leisure travelers, while business travelers mostly use mobile Apps to make travel bookings.

*   Telegraph Travel recommends how to spend 36 hours in Franschhoek, including staying at La Residence, eating at Pierneef à La Motte, The Kitchen at Maison,Grande Provence, and La Residence; tasting wine at Boekenhoutskloof (sneaking in Waterford in Stellenbosch); and visiting the Huguenot Monument, Babylonstoren, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, and the Holden Manz Gallery.

*   The Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) has held in Cape Town, and became a platform for the launch of a publication with the theme ‘Room with a View‘, which Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, and PwC have produced jointly to inform potential investors in the tourism and hospitality industries in our province.  Information about the hospitality industry, recent sales, tourism statistics, direct investment information, and more is included in the publication. 

*   The V&A Waterfront is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, with a claimed ‘almost 24 million visitors in 2014′ (even though the year is still 14 weeks or more away from its end).  A coffee table book by Marc Hoberman is available at R595.

*   Bosman Family Vineyards has launched a most unusual De Bos Walker Bay 47 Varietal Rosé blend, the only Fairtrade wine with so many varietals. The grapes come from the De Bos farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, where the 47 grape varieties are grown in a single vineyard. Main blend components are Cinsaut, Carignan, Durif, Grenache Noir, and Shiraz, as well as Roussanne, Meunier, Tempranillo, and Tinta Amarella. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   The Color Run is set to transform the streets of Cape Town into a riot of colour on 18 October, a fun family-friendly 5 km race along the Sea Point Promenade, celebrating happiness, individuality, and unity in 50 countries.  Participants will receive a race pack with T-shirt, headband, tattoos, and race number, as well as a pack of powder to spread around at the end of the race.  There is no time deadline to complete the distance.  Proceeds of the race go back to charity. (received via media release from Gailforce Media)

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