Entries tagged with “Travel News Weekly”.


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*   SAA is now charging R570 for domestic flights and R 1140 for international flights per ticket for no-shows, reports Travel News Weekly.

*   Four Gold Awards went to South African wines (out of 16 entered) at the Councours Mondial du Sauvignon Blanc last week:  Delaire Graff Estate Coastal Cuvée 2014, Diemersdal 8 Rows 2014, Maastricht 2014, and Steenberg The Black Swan 2013.

*   Kleine Zalze is continuing its winning streak, having jointly been named New World Producer of the Year with (more…)

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*   Label design can make an important impact on the purchase of a bottle of wine, argues the Wall Street Journal, as can a comedy play on wine brand names for ‘much cheaper wines‘, mentioning Fairview’s Goats do Roam, based on Côtes du Rhône!

*   The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français has dropped to 88th spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the 51 – 100 ranking having been released today, ahead of the Gala awards function on 1 June.

*   Nederburg winemaker for the past 15 years, Razvan Macici, is to take on the role of Distell’s head winemaker as of 1 July, a new position, to oversee the style and quality of the company’s total wine portfolio, driving innovation, and acting as the ambassador (more…)

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*   Domestic Tourism declined by 200000 persons between 2012 – 2014, mainly due to perceptions that travel locally is not affordable, says DA Shadow Minister of Tourism James Vos.  Despite the decline in numbers, the income generated from domestic tourism increased by R2,3 billion to R24 billion between the two years, indicating that Domestic Tourism has become more expensive, according to Mr Vos, reports Travel News Weekly (TNW).

*   Riedel is designing the perfect drinking glass for Rosé, to bring out its bouquet and freshness. It is (more…)

International booking agency Expedia has advised South African hotels to compete globally against other destinations and not against other local hotels, reports Travel News Weekly.

Diego Lofeudo, Expedia Marketing Management Director for the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa, commenting on 30 South African hotels having closed their doors since the beginning of this year, said: “South Africans tend to compete with the hotel next door rather than competing with another destination, for example Cape Town competing against Sydney”.  He added that overcapitalisation of rooms by South African hoteliers has led to over-pricing.  He advised against ‘flash sales’, as it ‘simply degrades the market‘.   In his opinion, the domestic market should become the focus of local hoteliers, and the country’s tourism product has to compare itself globally, and then set prices accordingly.

Lofeudo also encouraged hoteliers to stop relying on travel agents and tour operators, and to become their own sales managers, taking control of their stock, and managing the online content of their property. This includes checking what is being said about them on social media platforms.

Expedia has 2000 hotels on its books, and is setting up a co.za site in the next year and a half.  Once low-cost carriers service Africa, the continent should see an explosion of business, given political stability and safety.  The booking site offers hoteliers more profit in selling empty rooms than selling them through other distribution channels, it claims.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter:@WhaleCottage

The international airline industry is feeling the global credit crunch, and it is estimated that 450 000 fewer flights will take off in the last quarter of 2008, reports Travel News Weekly.   This translates into 46,3 million fewer airline seats being filled, a 5 % reduction.The South African Board of Airline Representatives states that South Africa’s airline industry is more stable, yet sees a rationalisation of routes and flights to maximise capacity.   The weak Rand against the dollar, rather than fuel prices, would influence pricing on the South African routes.    The Board anticipates an airline price war, particularly in the low season next year.

The first flight cutbacks and cancellations to/from South Africa include Zambian Airways, Malaysia Airlines, China Eastern, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates.