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Cape Town Tourism launches ‘The Official Guide to Cape Town’ App, a local in one’s pocket!

CTT AppCape Town Tourism has launched an App ‘The Official Guide to Cape Town‘, aimed at first-time visitors to Cape Town, described as being like having a local in one’s pocket! The App reflects the tourism body’s strategy to be where tourists are!

The free App for IOS and Android contains locals’ hints and tips of what to see and do whilst in Cape Town, in addition to a list of tools. Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine industry: 2 December

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Eskom says that loadshedding may be over for this year, and will be doing further maintenance of power stations over the festive season.  Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said: ‘Heading into the festive period, we will be doing a lot of maintenance, although the demand for electricity will be lighter as well. All in all, I think on balance we’ll do our best to avoid load shedding but we can’t rule it out unfortunately’.   The public’s use of electricity will determine whether there will be loadshedding this month, he added.

*    The Guala Closures Group is offering a range of liners for its screwcap wine bottle closures.   Its Oenoseal was developed over the past two years, offering various levels of oxygenation, or lack of, depending on the type of wine bottled.  Wine producers can select the best liner for their screwcaps without changing the settings on the bottling lines.

*   Eleven new hotel projects are in the pipeline in Cape Town for the next four years, with  total of just over 2000 rooms Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 13 May

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   A new yacht race between Durban and the Seychelles has been organised, along the lines of the ‘Cape To Cairo’ (sic) race, The New Age obviously meaning the Cape to Rio yacht race!   The race will include Mozambique and Swaziland (land-locked), but how the latter country will be involved is uncertain.

*   ‘Restaurant Australia’ is a new marketing campaign for Australia, to promote eating at the country’s good restaurants and drinking its good wines whilst on holiday in the country, food for thought for a Western Cape campaign, which could equally have been shot locally.  Social Media is strongly incorporated in the campaign, with the hashtag #restaurantaustralia.

*   A new airline Fly Blue Crane is applying for an Air Services Licence, belonging to  a trio of owners previously working at SAA and SA Express, being Siza Mimela, Theuns Potgieter, and Jerome Simelane.  The airline plans to fly between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

*   TripAdvisor’s mobile app has been downloaded on Android and iOS 100 million times.  The free app is available in 21 Continue reading →

World Travel Market Africa: Day 2 very disappointing and unprofessional, focus on Mobile Marketing!

WTM Africa Banner Whale Cottage PortfolioI was so impressed with the talks in the Event programme of World Travel Market Africa on Friday that I returned yesterday to the Cape Town International Convention Centre to listen to some more.  It was a much more disappointing and unprofessional experience than on Friday.

It was a shame that the afternoon session was very quiet for all at the exhibition,  having to compete with the Stormers playing Highlanders. It did make finding parking outside the Convention Centre easy though.  In between two talks I went into the Media Centre, and was horrified at how rude the security person was, questioning my presence there, after I had used it the day before as well without question, annoying too as I had blogged about the first day yesterday!  It is disappointing that the quality of the food at the Convention Centre, which had improved greatly after the arrival of Chef Warwick Thomas almost a year ago, was uninspiring in the Media Centre, with some pieces of feta, lots of olives, cherry tomatoes, green leaves, and cucumber slices (the day before they came with mini pita bread), baby potatoes and slices of roast beef with stir fry vegetables (the day before much better rice and tender chicken breasts), and fruit and a mini milktart, which leaked all its content the minute one used the spoon (compared to the excellent fruit tarts and WTM Africa desserts Whale Cottage Portfoliochocolate mousse served the day before).   At 15h00 the content of the small bar fridge, consisting of cold drinks and water, had been cleared out, and they were not refilling it for the next three hours until closing time, because the budget limit for drinks had been reached!  The day before a Convention Centre staff member announced that no more drinks could be had by the writers using the Centre, despite the fridge still being three quarters full!  This all happened despite Natalia Thomson, the PR consultant for the exhibition being in the Media Centre, but she did nothing about the drinks shortage, despite the feedback to her. Continue reading →