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

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The City of Cape Town has cancelled its R234 million contract over a seven year period (entered into in 2011) with Lumen Technologies for the operation of the MyCiTi Bus control centre.
The contractor was responsible for tasks such as scheduling and monitoring the buses by GPS to check on their punctuality relative to the schedules, reports The New Age.  The Cape Times reported today that Lumen Technologies denies that it has underperformed, and plans to sue the City if it does not reinstate the contract.

*   A seminar on Tourism and Air Connectivity in Africa, together with the 56th Meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, is scheduled to take place in Luanda with tourism industry representatives in Africa from 28 – 30 April.

*   The Youth Market is growing at 9% compared to the average tourism market growth of 2%.  It is a valuable market segment, these travelers staying in an area for longer.  On Facebook travel posts are in second place after relationship changes in number of posts, highlighting the importance of  travel for young persons.  In Cape Town backpackers are doing exceptionally well, followed by self-catering accommodation, and guest houses, Cape Town Tourism has found.

*   Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of our country’s democracy this year with an animated video, which refers to the Rainbow Nation to highlight the advancement of the wine industry in the past 20 years, each colour representing an achievement.  The achievements include the improvement of fair labour conditions, and sustainability leadership.   The video is to be sent to international media and wine trade, South African embassies, and wine tourism organisations.  Since the commencement of the democracy, wine exports have increased 10-fold to 525 million litres, sold in 140 countries last year. 130000 hectares of land in the Winelands has been set aside for conservation.  In two years from now, a joint environmental and social sustainability seal will reflect wine estates contribution. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)

*   One&Only Cape Town is celebrating its 5th anniversary on 3 April with a month-long of specials and special treats during April. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   The Hoerikwaggo trail from Table Mountain to Cape Point has to be amended by 100 meters near Noordhoek, between Slangkop and Silvermine, by 30 April, to prevent it from running through private property, believed to belong to Lord Laidlaw and four other trustees.

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

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