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ABSA Sea Point Sweet Service, ABSA Santyger Sour Service Awards!

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to ABSA Sea Point, and its Relationship Manager Yusriah Khan, for faxing me my February business bank statement, as I had not received it in the post yet, and needed it to complete my VAT return for the accountants before the Easter long weekend. No questions were asked other than the bank account number, in stark contrast to the performance I had to go through with the Santyger branch.

 

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WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 18 February

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Taittinger has redesigned its bottle label and gift pack, to reflect its status as official champagne sponsor of the 2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil.   Holograms have been used, and the footballs on the label appear raised but are flat.  The brand has already been fined in France for advertising its link to the World Cup, but will communicate this in other countries, especially in South America, having the right to the title until the end of 2015.

*   The directive by the Minister of Finance that VAT be levied on international e-books levels the playing field says the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA), despite VAT being charged on books not being encouraged by the PASA.  The new legislation is not a surprise as governments are working on collecting VAT/sales tax on sales in their regions. Foreign retailers selling into South Africa will now have to register as VAT vendors. A healthier retail book trade is expect to result. Internationally digital book sales are at about 50%, but in South Africa they are currently only at 20%.  Charging VAT could generate R 1 billion in revenue for the country. The Cape Town Book Fair, running from 13 – 15 June, will showcase the latest technological developments on e-reading. (received via media release from The Embassy)

*   Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve is hosting a  number of Food and Wine Weekend treats in winter, pairing with top wine estates, including Meerlust (30 May – 1 June), Bouchard Finlayson (27 – Continue reading →

Wine Tourism South Africa 2014: Sip, Stay, and Play!

Wine Tourism South Africa HandbookMonika Elias of World Focus Media has done a great job over the past ten years in documenting the contribution of the wine routes, and the wine estates on them, to Wine Tourism South Africa, in helping to inform and educate locals as well as tourists about wine in general, and to boost wine sales.  Her 2014 edition of ‘Wine Tourism South Africa’ handbook has just been published , bearing the slogan of ‘sip, stay and play‘!

In her ‘Publisher’s Letter‘, Monika defines Wine Tourism as ‘…in the glass, on the plate, in the bed, around the vines, and for the planet’.  She writes about ‘winery atmospherics’, such as architecture, lighting, sound, temperature, and kinetics, playing an important role in creating a point of difference for wine estates in an increasingly competitive world.  Wine is becoming an increasingly important part of the Tourism experience, and most visitors to Cape Town and the Western Cape will be very likely to visit a wine farm to taste their wines, to eat at a Winelands restaurant, or visit an event linked to wines.

The Handbook evaluates top restaurants on wine estates, using chefs hats (three maximum) to denote how good or not they are;  and evaluates the winelists of the restaurants on the wine estates, by means of wine glasses (three maximum).  A price range indication is also provided for the Winelands restaurants.  The Handbook starts with tourist information and advice about car rental, taxis, trains, parking attendants, banking hours, VAT, the weather, tipping, and more.  It lists the winners of the fifteen categories in the 2013 KLINK Wine Tourism Awards, which received votes from 15000 consumers last year. Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 26 September

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*  South African consumer confidence is at its lowest level in ten years, records the Bureau of Economic Research, and expects it to become worse next year!

*   To celebrate World Tourism Day (27 September), Western Cape Tourism Minister braaied at Oudekraal, cycled through Chapman’s Peak, and stopped at pavement cafés en route on Heritage Day. (via media release from Minister Winde’s office)

*  More than 15000 UK restaurants and pubs are participating in a Tax Parity Day, protesting the 20% VAT on hotel, restaurant, pub, and catering costs.  The aim is to prove that sales will increase if the VAT is reduced.

*   A four course Winemakers’ Dinner will be held at the Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz on 26 September, with wines from Arra, Maison, Noble Continue reading →