* South Africa, and the Cape specifically, has two The World’s 50 Best Restaurants on the top 100 list: The Test Kitchen at 48th position, and The Tasting Room at 72nd position.
* A Schengen-type visa may be introduced for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, to make travelling easier for tourists. This suggestion is on the agenda of the WTTC Global Summit, and it is planned to increase the tourism market share of the continent to a double-digit one by 2020, from the current 4%. Our country is pushing for such a visa, but only a handful of the other SADC countries Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe is expected to sign the visa agreement initially.
* Surprising is to read that Distell ad agency The Bester Burke Slingers Group is closing its doors in July, the partners saying that they have had enough of the advertising industry, and that they are no longer able to guide clients in their marketing.
* SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima appears to know the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius case, telling journalists attending the World Travel & Tourism Council 2014 Global Summit in China when asked about crime: ‘You ask me about safety now because of the Oscar Pistorius case. The Oscar Pistorius case is a social matter and a relationship between two people gone wrong within the confines of their own home. It happens everywhere around the world. It does not mean South Africa is crime-ridden‘. Incorrectly, he added that South Africa had hosted the 2010 World Cup ‘incident free’ and ‘crime free‘. He also said that international journalists had been invited to attend the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, to prove how safe our country is!
* A study commissioned by Booking.com shows that ‘manless travel’ is on the increase amongst young American women, especially to Europe. Social Media appears to give them the comfort to travel alone, and to source ideas for restaurants and things to do.
* JC le Roux has launched further branded items in its Le Good Life Collection, a tote bag available to purchasers of its MCC and sparkling wine at Pick ‘n Pay Hypers during May. JC le Roux shoppers at Shoprite and Checkers LiquorShops will receive a designer pouch with their purchase. (received via media release from GC Communications)
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