KAAPSE WYNTOERISMEKONFERENSIE FOKUS OP INNOVASIE

The Business of Wine & Food Tourism-konferensie, nou in sy derde jaar, word op 17 Oktober op die Spier-wynlandgoed buite Stellenbosch aangebied en die indrukwekkende paneel plaaslike en internasionale sprekers sal die tema van innovasie aanspreek.

Die Amerika-gebaseerde wynspesialis, Cathy Huyghe, is vanjaar die hoofspreker. Huyghe is’n wynskrywer vir Forbes en het ook al vir die Harvard Business Review geskryf. Ander sprekers op vanjaar se konferense sluit in Suid-Afrikaanse innovasieleier, Peter Greenwall, die talentvolle Wandile Mabaso, ’n jong, Frans-geïnspireerde sjef wat reeds wêreldwyd gereis het en tans die Johannesburgse kostoneel aan die gons het, asook sjef Kobus van der Merwe wat ’n unieke eet-ervaring met bestanddele uit die Weskus omgewing geskep het, asook Khuthala Gala-Holten, adjunk-besturende direkteur van Joe Public en Tim Harris, hoof-uitvoerende beampte van Wesgro.

Kostes beloop R4 400 (BTW uitgesluit) per persoon. Studente betaal net R1 750 (BTW uitgesluit). ’n Spesiale afslag is beskikbaar vir SAACI-, SATSA-, SITE- en Kaapstad Toerisme-lede.

Vir meer inligting oor die konferensie of om aanlyn te registreer, besoek www.wineandfood.co.za.

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Enter now for the Sanlam Top Destination Awards

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 will be held at the prestigious Bay Hotel on Thursday, 20 September. Ideally located in Cape Town’s tourism hub, the five-star hotel boasts unsurpassed views across the world-renowned Camps Bay beach, making it the perfect location for a gala evening of this caliber.

Sanlam Top Destination Awards was created in celebration of local hospitality personnel that have pioneered ahead of the game in the travel and tourism industry. The black-tie awards, taking place in the newly renovated Rotunda, welcomes guests to an evening of decadent dining, tasteful entertainment, fine wines and an authentically #AfricanExplorer theme.

Title sponsor for the awards remains financial giant, Sanlam. Other sponsors in support of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 include Romatex Hospitality Textiles, 3D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV, David Green Time Pieces.

How to enter:

Establishments can enter by registering on www.discountraveler.co.za. Public voting is open for guests, patrons and supporters to cast their votes on both the Discount Traveler and Top Destination Awards websites. Voters can win incredible prizes, including one of four uniquely crafted David Green time pieces, valued at R 4 000.

Voting closes on 1st of August 2018.

Here are your Mother’s Day options

Mother’s Day at Haute Cabrière Restaurant

Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller take the hassle out of the kitchen by preparing a Sunday Feast for Mum and the family. The menu is set around old-school family lunches with abundant tables taking you on a journey through the Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan wine ranges.

Starters and desserts are plated and the mains are served in platters – perfect for sharing. Wine during the lunch is included.

Price R370,00 per person, children 12 years and under R150,00.

Booking details:

Tel: 021 876 8500

Email: restaurant@cabriere.co.za

 

The Ritz Hotel, Cape Town

Exclusively on Mother’s Day, The Ritz hotel will be serving lunch at Top of The Ritz, and it is limited to 60 lucky guests.

R850 per person includes a seven-course meal and a glass of bubbly.

Bookings are essential.

E-mail info@theritzcapetown.co.za or book online via http://www.theritz.co.za/book-table-top-ritz/
Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.

The maximum table size is a 6 seater and the price excludes drinks and gratuity.

You can also join The Ritz at CASA restaurant for a poolside Sunday Glam Brunch with Mum, accompanied by live entertainment. Brunch commences from 11am until 5pm, served in the form of a lavish buffet and a glass of bubbles.

Limited to 180 guests

Booking details:

Email: info@theritzcapetown.co.za or book online via http://www.theritz.co.za/book-a-table-at-casa/

 

Allée Bleue Wine Estate

Join Allée Bleue Wine Estate for a delectable 3-course menu hosted in the courtyard, including a glass of the estate’s Brut Rosé upon arrival. The courses include a choice of a meat or vegetarian main option as well as an inviting choice of desserts.

R195,00 Per Person. Bookings are essential.

View the menu here.

Bookings: 021 874 1021

Email : info@alleebleue.com

 

Avondale Wine Estate

Mother’s Day at FABER at Avondale, care of Chef Dale Stevens, offers a set menu 4-course sharing lunch (2 starters, 1 main, 1 dessert) priced at R525 per adult. Children will receive a “kiddies” menu, with a choice of a main course and a dessert priced at R110 for 2 courses.

Bookings: 021 202 1219

Email: faber@avondalewine.co.za

 

Terroir at Kleine Zalze

Master chef Michael Broughton will be offering his quintessential provençal style menu. Mums receive a garden rose and a flute of complimentary Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé.

Bookings: 021 880 8167

Email: restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za

 

Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff

Join Four Seasons The Westcliff for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Flames Restaurant.

Price R 795 per person, children from 1-12 dine at half price

That same evening Classics on the Hill is transformed into Swinging Classics featuring the Charl Du Plessis Trio. Hailed as the most unique trio of their generation with new crossover arrangements of classical masterpieces, they will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more composers from the world of classical music in their signature jazz trio style. The show starts at 5pm and tickets cost R795 per person which includes a gourmet buffet dinner.

If you are looking to truly indulge mom, look no further than the Spa at Four Seasons The Westcliff. Two Balinese spa therapists from the Four Seasons sister resort in Jimbaran Bay, will be making Four Seasons The Westcliff their home for the month of May providing authentic Balinese spa treatments in the heart of Johannesburg. What better way to say thank you to your mom than with an exclusive pampering session at the luxurious Spa at Four Seasons The Westcliff.

Bookings: 011 481 6000

Book online via http://www.flamesrestaurant.co.za/bookings/

 

Forti Grill and Bar

Forti Grill and Bar in Pretoria will be serving their serving their comprehensive à la carte menu, which has something for every taste. This is next level feasting and Chef Fortunato will have you serenading to your Mum before the afternoon is over!

There will be two seatings for the day, one at 12pm and another at 3pm to ensure that Forti Grill and Bar can accommodate as many guests as possible.

Mothers will receive a complimentary bar of chocolate from Forti as a small token of appreciation for everything that moms do.

Bookings: 012 003 6180

Email: info@forti.co.za

 

Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House

Makaron will exclusively be open for lunch on Mother’s Day and Chef Lucas Carstens will serve his signature à la carte menu. Mums receive a complimentary glass of Méthode Cap Classique upon arrival.

Bookings:  021 880 1549

Book online via http://www.majekahouse.co.za/restaurant/makaron-restaurant/bookings/

New Year’s Eve

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New Year Traditions around the world

Since we are approaching the end of 2017, Travelling Mystery Guest decided to take a look at the traditions people have for New Year’s Eve around the world. For those of you who are frequent travellers, you might have the privilege to encounter some of these traditions. As for us here in South Africa, we will embrace our own traditions this year!

  1. Denmark

 

The people of Denmark save all their unused plates and dishes for New Year’s Eve where they then shatter these plates against floors or doors together with friends and family. This tradition ought to release all your frustrations built up through the year!

  1. Spain

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This beautiful country believes that their luck revolves around grapes. People would try to fit 12 grapes in their mouth and when this is achieved, it is believed that you will have good luck in the New Year. This seems like an easy way to improve your luck in 2018!

  1. Peru

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Peru actually has a festival where they fight with one another to settle any differences that they had. The Takanakuy Festival is held to ensure that everyone starts the New Year on a clean slate. This is certainly an interesting and unique way to forgive and forget.

  1. USA

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One of the most famous ways of celebrating the New Year is the Ball Drop in Times Square, New York. This tradition started in 1907 and every year a specially designed ball is dropped in front of thousands of spectators to symbolise the New Year.

  1. South Africa

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New Year’s Eve in South Africa is celebrated with friends and family, popping champagne when the clock strikes 00:00 and wishing everyone a happy new year! Most people will probably have a braai and prepare a festive meal and some will even have fireworks (where it’s allowed). When looking at what other countries think about New Year’s in South Africa, it seems we are quite popular for some of the biggest parties, especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

We hope you have some exciting plans for this upcoming New Year’s Eve, whether it’s at home or somewhere exotic. South Africa will always be special, with beautiful beaches and growing urban cities. There are a lot of opportunities to make this New Year’s Eve a great one! Cheers to the New Year!

Does travel make you a better citizen?

According to a recent global survey done by Contiki, including South African youth travellers between the ages of 18 and 35, travel definitely makes you a better citizen – locally and abroad.

The South African statistics revealed that 70% of travellers indicated that travelling has shaped their perspective on global politics and 41% said that they would run for public office. 49% of travellers voted in the last national election, compared to the 39% non-travellers and 55% of travellers voted in local elections, compared to the 36% non-travellers. 51% of travellers also indicated that they were patriotic.

Globally, 40% of travellers versus 31% non-travellers indicated that they participate in community activities. 21% of travellers, compared to 5% of non-travellers indicated that they have communicated with or written to their national government and finally 63% travellers versus 36% non-travellers said that travelling has shaped their perspective on global politics.

“While it might seem like a paradox, there are plenty of reasons for travel to have these kinds of effects on one’s sense of citizenship. The friendships you make over a 3am Gyros in Mykonos will be friendships that will stay with you for a lifetime, and the people you interact with and cultures you’re exposed to have a profound impact on your tolerance and understanding. Contiki’s unique social travel experience sets millennial travellers up to have better relationships with their friends, family and with their wider communities at home, through the skills they learn through their travel experiences.” – Kelly Jackson, General Manager for Contiki.

The survey results give strong evidence that experiencing new cultures and viewpoints through travel in turn enhances character attributes which prove a positive impact on citizenship, such as perspective, empathy and appreciation. Despite young people spending a greater amount of time away from their native countries when travelling, young people who travel do in fact gain a greater sense of citizenship than those who have not travelled internationally.

Also check out The Power of Travel 

 

Contiki commissioned Story and Verse and Fan Data Analytics – two third party professional research and insight organisations – to conduct this research. 

Story and Verse enlisted the expertise of Adam Ganlinsky, PhD, Columbia Business School, to advise in the form of an interview about the character attributes that change as a result of travel, as indicated by his own academic research. These include empathetic concern, perspective-taking, generalised trust, interracial connection, open-minded thinking, learning goal orientation and general self-efficacy. 

Fan Data Analytics, using this insight, conducted a survey of a pool of 2,980 18-35 year olds from the United Kingdom (824), United States (514), Canada (513), Australia (520), South Africa (305) and New Zealand (303). The response pool was broken into equal groups of travellers and non-travellers, as defined below: 

  • Travellers: someone who has travelled outside of their home country
  • Non-travellers: someone who has not travelled outside of their home country  

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Fan Data Analytics.

BEST IN AFRICA: HAYWARD’s MOBILE SAFARIS

Preceding finalists from 11 African countries and excelling over 47 000 votes, Hayward’s Grand Safari Company has clinched The Safari Guild’s Best in Africa Award for top Mobile Safari at the 11th The Safari Awards, announced by CEO Henry Hallward at a glittering awards evening held at World Travel Market, London recently.

With a roll call of beating drums and the popping of champagne corks, owner Peter Hayward and his agile team were delighted to receive this well-deserved accolade:

“Twenty-five years before the famous explorer David Livingstone arrived in Africa, my great, great grandfather, 24-year-old James Hayward, arrived on the tip of Africa on an adventure into uncharted territory. He was one of the first true pioneers into a landscape that teemed with vast herds of wildlife. Today, we are proud to carry on the tradition of bespoke, authentic group mobile safaris in a tradition that originated in 1685. Today, the Grand Safari continues to play a pivotal role in preserving the continent’s environmental heritage and showcases Africa’s unique natural capital.”

Hayward’s Grand Safari Company is not a new contender to The Safari Awards. They previously received Best Mobile Safari Company in South Africa two years in a row and were Highly Commended as Best Mobile Safari Company in Africa. Having now reached the pinnacle achievement on The Safari Awards platform, Hayward said: “This award is not just a quick pat on the back for us. It sets a standard in the industry for Africa. It’s not about ego either; it’s industry validation that all our hard work over the past 20 years is finally paying off. Currently, we consistently continue to receive an average 9.6 out of 10 across 22 points of guest satisfaction feedback from our delighted customers who experience a Grand Safari expedition, so to have this internationally recognised and acknowledged establishes our reputation abroad and helps our employees take pride in their work and continue in their efforts. Further to that, it instills confidence in customers regarding the quality and professionalism of our organisation and raises the profile of the continent of Africa as a travel and incentive destination within the tourism industry globally.”

Established in 2008, The Safari Guild was formed to manage The Safari Awards as a platform to recognise excellence within the safari industry and it encompasses a vibrant community of over 5 000 safari specialist agents sharing product knowledge on over 1 200 safari lodges, camps and operators.

CEO Henry Hallward says:

“The Safari Guild and these awards have an important role to play by influencing the debate on how best to manage and protect dwindling wildlife resources, by working with the people who own it. Our expectation is that travel professionals who engage with The Safari Guild will, in time, use their influence and buying power to reduce unnecessary exploitation of wildlife resources and encourage and support safari operators to share their gains equitably with the local communities and wildlife conservation entities that enable primary protection of wildlife for future generations.”

Representing Hayward’s Grand Safari Company to receive the award on the night, was Sasha Ella, Group Marketing Manager of Mantis Hospitality, who brought the award home to the African continent and into the hands of Peter Hayward and the Hayward’s Grand Safari Company team.

The #IDoTourism Movement

How can we do tourism? How can you do tourism? And why should we?

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To build a greater nation and to show off South-Africa’s potential globally. South Africa Tourism has started a movement to show the importance of every single South African in our tourism industry. The ability of this industry to create jobs and the effect that tourism has on the entire country has been greatly underestimated.

We have a beautiful country and South African people are amazing. By standing together, we can improve our entire economy by supporting this movement. On the 5th of October, Margie Whitehouse from South Africa Tourism highlighted the importance of this movement at the Tshwane Tourism Association’s meeting, which was hosted at 012 Central. Travelling Mystery Guest supports this movement.

Are you going to do tourism? Remember to use #IDoTourism if you share it online.

Watch their inspirational video to learn more about the #IDoTourism movement:

 

 

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Written by: Alicia Redelinghuys