Tourism Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane addressed the nation this evening, in a short fast half hour presentation, explaining the regulations pertaining to the Level 3 regulations for the Tourism industry. While the focus in Level 3 is on the Domestic market, and on Business Tourism only, the Minister said that the Tourism Industry should be opening up at all levels, including international tourism, from December 2020 onwards! Continue reading →
Since the Corona Virus Lockdown twelve days ago, I have received a flood of What’s App messages, having been added to a restaurant group (Hospitality Leadership) by a restaurateur. I have observed the concerned restaurant owners move from jumping to turn their businesses into take-away food delivery operations, until that door was closed to the industry; to keeping their staff paid and covering their own expenses by applying to the UIF and other Corona Financial support packages announced by the government; to looking into the future and making plans for their businesses reopening, even though not many are optimistic that it will happen on the 17th of April.
One of the pieces of information which the What’s App group members received was a summary of relief funding for small and medium enterprises. The details follow below. Continue reading →
Friday 3 April 2020, Day 19 of SA Corona Virus, Day 8 of SA Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for an even hotter day today, at 29C, before the temperature reverse begins tomorrow; for having such a fabulous roof over my head, with an amazing view, changing daily; for speaking to long-time friend Donoven Hammond Gloy in Maritzburg; for being able to essentials-shop today; for the fabulous service at our local Woolworths; for sleeping late after posting my Blogposts; for being able to dance and walk to Kfm, and to hear that DJ Carl Wastie and Zoe Brown retain their 4 hour slot, whilst other Kfm DJs’ slots have been reduced during Lockdown; for such lovely warm evenings, being able to have dinner by candlelight on my terrace; and for being fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Yesterday I attended the launch of Yumcious Café in the DeVille Centre in Durbanville, the second restaurant of Chef Jenny Morris, her first one being the very successful Yumcious Café in the Cape Quarter. Continue reading →
In his State of the Nation address last week, President Jacob Zuma announced that SA Tourism will spend R100 million per annum to stimulate Domestic Tourism. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said that Continue reading →
SA Tourism cannot wish for better marketing than having a movie made which predominantly features beautiful spots in our country, and not have to pay for its production! German movie ‘Der Geilste Tag‘ features award-winning actors, and launches in German cinemas Continue reading →
The turnout at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa this afternoon, for the farewell tribute to its Executive Director Horst Frehse, was testament to his popularity and the respect in which he is held, it was clear to see by all who attended. He is one of two iconic hoteliers to retire this year.
* Despite the Rand reaching its lowest level ever to the Pound, at just over R20, and weakening further against the Dollar, no positive impact of the exchange rate is visible in terms of tourism enquiries from the UK and the USA!
A Review conducted about SA Tourism, under the chairmanship of former Tourism Minister Valli Moosa, has been completed. The Review was commissioned by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. The goal of the Review was to guide its future strategy in marketing our country as a ‘prime tourist destination’.