* SA Tourism has launched a cinema advertising campaign highlighting the beauty and thrill our country offers, at 94 cinemas in seven Indian cities. In the foyer of the cinemas one is able to book a holiday to South Africa via travel agents, taking the movie-goers to action in booking. Part of the marketing campaign is ‘Take me to South Africa‘ promotion, in which four winners travel with cricketer Jonty Rhodes as their tour guide.
* Comair says that domestic airfares are unlikely to come down, even if new low cost airlines enter the market, as it would not be sustainable to operate as such lower rates.
* Chef Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse has moved to Bree Street (ex Caveau and ex Awestruck), having dropped the second part of the original business name (& Cookery School). They serve lunch from 11h30 onwards, and an early dinner. (received via newsletter from Chef’s Warehouse)
* The government has lashed out at the media for its negative reporting about events in South Africa, and about attacks on individuals on Table Mountain in particular. This is ‘bad publicity‘ for the country, and ‘scares away tourists’, said Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Tourism! Committee Chairman Don Gumede said: ‘Bad publicity affects our country in the world tourism market. South Africa is competing in a very competitive international tourism market‘. Such negative reporting has influenced tourist visits to the tourist attraction, and also impacts on tourism to Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal.
* The poor performance by Bafana Bafana in the recent African Nations Championship 2014 may cost our country future soccer tournaments, said Mvuso Mbebe, the CEO of the Local Organising Committee of the Championship, reports The New Age. The soccer team’s poor performance affected attendance at the soccer matches, which was already at a low level, especially when the team was eliminated early, in losing against Nigeria. Harshly Fikile Mbalula, our country’s Minister of Sport & Recreation, described the soccer team as ‘a bunch of losers’. Mbebe did state that the Championship ‘left a positive legacy‘, and that the passing of the late Nelson Mandela affected the marketing and resultant attendance of the Championship.
* Twelve Durbanville Wine Valley Association wine farms are hosting ‘The Feast of the Grape’ on 1 and 2 March at D’Aria wine estate. Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, and Signal Gun will get together on one wine estate for the first time. Activities offered include a Tutored wine Tasting Theatre; talks on Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, Bordeaux varieties, and unusual grape varieties, presented by the industry leaders in the region; grape stomping; live music; and food stalls. (received via media release from Errieda du Toit PR)
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