WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 18 February

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Taittinger has redesigned its bottle label and gift pack, to reflect its status as official champagne sponsor of the 2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil.   Holograms have been used, and the footballs on the label appear raised but are flat.  The brand has already been fined in France for advertising its link to the World Cup, but will communicate this in other countries, especially in South America, having the right to the title until the end of 2015.

*   The directive by the Minister of Finance that VAT be levied on international e-books levels the playing field says the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA), despite VAT being charged on books not being encouraged by the PASA.  The new legislation is not a surprise as governments are working on collecting VAT/sales tax on sales in their regions. Foreign retailers selling into South Africa will now have to register as VAT vendors. A healthier retail book trade is expect to result. Internationally digital book sales are at about 50%, but in South Africa they are currently only at 20%.  Charging VAT could generate R 1 billion in revenue for the country. The Cape Town Book Fair, running from 13 – 15 June, will showcase the latest technological developments on e-reading. (received via media release from The Embassy)

*   Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve is hosting a  number of Food and Wine Weekend treats in winter, pairing with top wine estates, including Meerlust (30 May – 1 June), Bouchard Finlayson (27 – 29 June), Cederberg (25 – 27 July), and Steenberg (22 – 24 August).  (received via media release from FIVE STAR PR)

 *   As part of a BRICS programme, ten staff members of the North West province Parks and Tourism Board  will be spending six months in India to study conservation.

*   Controversial Jacob Zuma ‘Spear’ artist Brett Murray will be available for book signings at the Cape Town Art Fair on 1 March at 14h30, at the Jacana stand.  The book has been censored at most other art fairs. (received via e-mail from the Cape Town Art Fair 2014)

*   Bot River Barrels & Beards 2014 will be held at The Old Shed at Anysbos Farm in Bot River on 5 April with the theme ‘The Good Old Way’.  Barrel tastings of the latest wines are offered, the ‘boldest beard‘ will be announced, and the boereorkes Die Stoepsitters and a marimba band will provide the entertainment.  Cellars participating in the festival include Barton, Beaumont Wines, Eerstehoop, Feiteiras, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve MCC, Goedvertrouw, Luddite, Maremanna, Rivendell, and Wildekrans. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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