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


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   SA Tourism may be feeling threatened by the World Travel Market Africa expo taking place in Cape Town a week before Indaba in May.  To date Indaba has been the dominant tourism expo in South Africa and on the African continent. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk issued a statement, in support of Indaba (logical as it is organised by SA Tourism)!  In it he reflects that (the very negative) feedback about Indaba 2013 was heard and taken into account in planning Indaba 2014, scheduled for 10 – 12 May. Key is the increasing attendance of African countries at Indaba, 22 to date, with a total of 1242 buyers having booked to attend to date.  The Minister announced that a new bidding process will commence after Indaba 2014.

*   Bistrot Bizerca appears to be in liquidation.   The restaurant has been a Top 10 and Best Bistro restaurant in the past, but appears to have lost energy when it moved into Heritage Square over a year ago.  (Note: See Comments for response on behalf of Bizerca, not explaining its liquidation in 2012, when it moved to the new premises)

*   South Africa’s tourism growth is estimated to be 3,6%, below the global growth rate of 4,3%, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, measuring the impact of tourism in 184 countries. Tourism contributes R323 billion to our country’s economy, representing close to 10% of the GDP and 1,4 million jobs.

*   Kleine Zalze has received ethical accreditation from Fairtrade for its work in assisting its ‘previously disadvantaged workers’, as well as protecting the environment, the result of a two year process.  The Stellenbosch wine estate is to launch a Fairtrade range of wines, the proceeds of which will benefit its workers. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   Orphanage Cocktail Emporium barkeep Assaf Yechiel has won the South African leg of the Bacardi Legacy Competition, held in Sandton last week.  His ‘Dream Catcher’ cocktail  is made of Bacardi Superior Rum, Pomegranate Juice, Dill Syrup, and Fermet Branca, which Assaf explained as follows: ‘it is about inspiring people to follow through with their – I would love to do that – moments. To live a little more, worry a little less and embrace life’s bizarre and wonderful gifts. Quite simply, it’s about being a Dream Catcher’.  Assaf will represent South Africa at the Global Finals in Moscow in May.  Past accolades that Assaf has won include Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Barman 2013, and The Olmeca Tahona Society 2012. (received via media release from Hype Media)

*   The Franschhoek Literary Festival 2014 programme has been released.  The Festival takes place from 16 – 18 May, and tickets can be booked via Webtickets.

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

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4 replies on “WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 19 March”

  1. In response to your comment above, please note that Bistrot Bizerca is NOT in liquidation. Herewith a statement from Cyrillia Deslandes’ attorney:

    I write to you at the request of Cyrillia Deslandes. She
    holds 100% of the members interest in the Close Corporation Cool Ideas 1563 CC registration number2010/090658/23 (Cool Ideas), which holds the Lease to the premises in Heritage Square from which the business, Bistrot Bizerca trades.

    Cool Ideas has no connection with and no relationship to the
    business Bizerca Bistro which was conducted from premises in the Rijkshof Building, Anton Anrieth Arcade, off Jetty Street, Cape Town.

    The business Bizerca Bistro was conducted through the Close
    Corporation, Bizerca Bistro CC registration number 2007/184366/23.

    As mentioned Bizerca Bistro CC is distinct from and
    unrelated to Cool Ideas 1563 CC.

    It is the case that for reasons that need not be gone into
    here, an application for the liquidation of Bizerca Bistro CC has been granted.

    The fact that that has been done has no bearing upon Cool
    Ideas 1563 CC, which continues to trade and which is in rude good health financially.

    I hope this clears matters up for you.


    • Thank you for your input Ian and Lise. I am surprised it took so long to hear from you, as I had called Ian yesterday afternoon, and left him a message.

      Bizerca Bistro cc clearly was a previous business of the Deslandes in their previous premises. It does not make sense to anyone as to why that business was liquidated in 2012, and why the liquidation notice for it was published two days ago. It’s no surprise that the news spread like wildfire, and caused the wrong impression! We are surprised that you did not publish a media release of clarification.

      It is good to hear that the new Bizerca is in ‘rude good health financially’ – what an odd description!

      Please could you inform your client of my correct name and surname?

      • To be in rude health is to be in robust and good health. It’s an English expression and quite a common one, too.

        • Thank you for the feedback ‘Pashito’. I have never heard the expresssion before!

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