WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 19 February


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Johannesburg teenager Filipa da Silva has won a competition launched by American Idols presenter Ryan Seacrest, for the best rendition of One Direction’s ‘Story of my Life’, beating former Eurovision Irish twin contestants Jedward.

*   The Tourism Indaba, held in May for the past 24 years, could be threatened by three trade and travel shows held in Cape Town under the Africa Travel Week umbrella the week prior to what is the country’s largest tourism and travel show, organised by SA Tourism and held in Durban.

*   Johannesburg was the most popular tourism destination in Africa in 2012, according to the MasterCard Third Annual Global Destination Cities Index, and should be the continent’s most visited city too, with an estimated 2,5 million visitors spending R35 billion.

*   The inaugural AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction 2014 will be held over lunch at Delaire Graff on 15 March.  It will be preceded by a Barrel Tasting and Auction Preview at Waterford Estate the evening before, and the funds will go to funding education in the Winelands, benefitting Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity, and the Click Foundation.  The Cape Wine Auction Trust has been created, and its founding Trustees are Michael Jordaan, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Appelbaum, and MikeRatcliffe.  Online bids will be accepted. (received via media release from Hazell Public Relations and Wine Consultants)

*   The proposed Wescape development along the West Coast has been severely criticised, for moving ‘slums’ out into the development, given the high density population concentration, and that many parts of the existing Cape Town can be better utilised to accommodate its residents.  A further concern is evacuating 800000 residents should there be a melt-down at Koeberg close by.

*   Warwick Wine Estate is honouring mothers this Mother’s Day (11 May), paying special tribute to Norma Ratcliffe, who was the wine estate’s first winemaker, and the first female member of the Cape Winemakers Guild.  She has been recognised in Warwick’s ‘First Lady’ range of a Cabernet Sauvignon and Unoaked Chardonnay.  The promotion will seek nominations for ‘South Africa’s favourite mom‘.  The Warwick First lady wine range, White Lady, and Three Cape Ladies will also be presented as the ‘Official Wine of Mother’s Day‘ at retails outlets and a number of restaurants. (received via media release from Hazell Public Relations and Wine Consultants) 

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

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