WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 5 November

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*   Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba is not backing down on his Immigration Regulations, he told the Western Cape Parliament standing committee on Economic Development and Tourism yesterday, adding that it is now a law which cannot be unsigned by the President! He said he has not seen any ‘new facts’ regarding the regulations!  Gigaba had to be summonsed to appear before the committee hearing, having refused to do so when requested.  The province is concerned about the impact of the Immigration Regulations on tourism.   The DA’s tourism spokesperson James Vos said: ‘Tourist arrivals from fellow Brics countries in particular have been hit extremely hard. Reports suggest that new tourist arrivals from China and India are down by 80 to 90 percent since October’.

*  The Business Confidence Index for October (88.8) fell to its lowest level for October since 1999!  Uncertainty about the economy and buisness climate improving in the short term are deemed to be responsible for the low index.

*   Surf Tourism may be the next trend in Africa, according to the World Travel Market Global Trends report 2014.  With a potential target market of 35 million surfers, especially in America, Europe and Australasia, surf and safari holidays may become increasingly popular on our continent.

*   S.Pellegrino is searching for the best Young Chefs of the world.  Young chefs 30 years and younger, and who have worked in restaurant kitchens for at least a year, can submit their application and signature dish on www.finedininglovers.com. Evaluation of the dishes will be based on five criteria to select finalists: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty, message. 

*   Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, the third largest champagne house in the world after Moët & Chandon and Veuve Cliquot, is now available in South Africa.  The following are available locally: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve (R399, in a gift box),  Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé (R579, in a gift box),  and Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage 2004 (R1600, distinctive bottle and gift box). (received via media release from Hazell PR & Wine Consultants)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100, Twitter:@WhaleCottage Facebook:  click here

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