WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 29 July

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   ‘Flavours of the Cape‘ is a restaurant promotion planned for Cape Town and surrounding restaurants during the month of September, reflecting … the flavours of the Cape in their dishes and the city’s vibrant food culture. (via media release from Real Events & Communications)

*   Wines of South Africa (WOSA) met with Wines of Chile and Wines of Argentina in Mendoza last week, to discuss communal marketing activities for the wines of their countries, particularly in China. ‘We met and reviewed the common goals that we have: To do things in innovative ways that are more cost-effective for producers. The feeling is that, when we work together, we generate more interest in the trade and with consumers’, said WOSA CEO Su Birch.

*   The first Four Seasons hotel in South Africa will open mid 2014, to be called Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg, being the renovated The Westcliff hotel.

*   Business and events tourism is an important part of the tourism industry, said Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk at the annual South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) event at the new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Boardwalk Convention Centre today.  ‘As government continues to focus on tourism as one of the key job-creating sectors, we continue to recognise business-events tourism as an area with significant growth potential. Our decision to invest in business-events tourism was informed by our strategy to diversify our offerings and source markets. The international leisure market is always volatile in times of global economic uncertainty. That is why we balance our investment in domestic and long-haul tourism; in leisure and business tourism, and a portfolio of both mature and emerging source markets’, the Minister said.  The Department launched the  South African National Convention Bureau (NCB) to show how serious it is about business and events tourism, and its contribution to tourism growth. It has assisted our country in securing 88 major bids with 200000 delegates for the next four years, a contribution of  R2,6 billion to the tourism economy.

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

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