News 24 published an article this weekend about the plight of businesses in Franschhoek. It paints a horrific picture of the once famous Gourmet Town, known for its top Restaurants and boutique wineries, to what one business owner speculated could become a ‘Ghost Town’ if tourists do not return to it soon.
Franschhoek, like many other towns and cities in our country, has been hard hit by the Corona Virus pandemic, the South African one-year anniversary of its Lockdown to be ‘celebrated’ later this week. The new South African Virus mutation has made our country very unattractive to visit by international tourists, which probably are the type of tourists South African tourism businesses would love to see return. Continue reading →
I looooove ‘Das Traumschiff’, a German TV series that has been broadcast regularly in the past 20 years or so, so I was doubly excited when our city ‘Kapstadt’ was the focus of the Boxing Day 2020 edition of this series.
The edition could not have come at a better time, when our city’s Tourism industry is sorely missing its German tourists, and the Germans are missing not being able to travel to our city. But a subplot of the Cape Town edition has some political sensitivities, not good for our country’s image and tourism future. Continue reading →
In an interview with EWN, and reported by Business Tech, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said that she ‘hopes’ that our country’s borders will be reopened to all foreign tourists before the holiday period commences in December. This speculation by the Minister comes against a background of a dramatic Second Wave spike in Covid-19 infections in many European countries, the UK, and the USA, which is expected to worsen as they face winter. Continue reading →
Thursday 6 August 2020, Day 67 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a slightly warmer day at 15C and it being sunny, although there was a very dark cloud overhead this afternoon, with a few drops of rain; for a busy morning, with a building consultant coming to check out our apartment building, and finding all sorts of waterproofing issues; for catching up on work; for getting an idea for a story for Women’s Day, profiling Women Restaurateurs, surprised at how few there are 😱; for meeting Facebook Friends John French and Alan Hoffman, recognizing me from Facebook, complimenting me on being the best-dressed Camps Bay Cleaning Lady, wearing pearls 😂; for Jenny Stephens coming to tea and a Chocolate Swirl cheese cake taste test…. mmmm ; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
The future of Tourism in our country under the Corona Virus Lockdown has been up in the sky, so to speak, intra-provincial Domestic Travel just having been opened up. No further information has been available about inter-provincial travel, nor about International Travel until now, with a Tourism Recovery Plan just having been released by the Department of Tourism.
Business Tech has summarised the South African Tourism Sector Recovery Plan: August 2020, released by the Department of Tourism, reflecting best and worst case scenarios of when Domestic and International Travel will reopen. The latter could be as early as November 2020, and as late as the start of Winter 2021! Continue reading →
Well-known and highly respected restaurant owner and Chef Prim Reddy of Cape Town based Indian Chapter Restaurant with Prim Reddy is the writer with Durban-based baker, hotelier, and chef Niranj Pather of the ‘Temptations: Exquisite Tastes with an exotic Touch’ Cookbook. The book is described as ‘fattening the curve’, the launch of which will be celebrated this coming Sunday at 15h00 with a Virtual High Tea.
‘Temptations’ is a lovely name for a book dedicated to Food, and contains 83 recipes from the two writers’ travels, dishes which they have experienced, and their own dishes. The Cookbook has already made the Exclusive Books Bestseller List.
As a writer following the Covid-19 pandemic and its rampant disastrous effect on Tourism and the Restaurant industries, I have been surprised to read an increasing number of articles predicting the opening up of our country to international tourism by September 2020, in a month that is Tourism Month, and traditionally the beginning of the South African summer and therefore Tourist season. The articles stem from a media release by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, and appears confident in its prediction, based on its lobbying with Government, an interaction which was scheduled for yesterday 9 June. No outcome of this interaction has been seen yet. Earlier predictions were that the country would only reopen to international tourists in February 2021. Continue reading →
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 →
The South African Tourism industry is preparing itself for the reopening of our country’s provincial as well as international borders, although the prognosis of when this might be is not certain or confirmed. BusinessTech yesterday quoted South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona as predicting that Level 1, which returns the country to its normal operation, is only likely in the first Quarter of 2021, although nothing is certain yet, he added.
The prognosis that 90000 Tourism employees will lose their jobs in Cape Town alone, according to a survey by Cape Town Tourism, reflects the heavy burden being placed on employers in the Tourism sector, which includes Restaurants too. The job loss figure implies that almost all but about 10000 employees will lose their job in the Tourist sector. Continue reading →
In following a number of topics related to the Tourism industry, and being a member of the industry as a recently qualified Tourist Guide whose income has ground to a halt, the Tourism Relief Fund offered to the Tourism and Hospitality industry as financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic is of special interest to me. Earlier this week the Department of Tourism was sent court papers by civil rights organisation AfriForum, for its alleged discrimination based on race in its funding criteria. Industry talk also is that the Fund benefits larger formal tourist companies, and does not provide relief for hundreds of informal freelance operators such as Tourist Guides, the unofficial face of South Africa, in showing international travelers the highlights of our country. Continue reading →