The big theme at the 2018 The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference was innovation. The conference was recently held at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. In line with the theme, several speakers focused their discussions on the role of big data. US-based big data wine specialist Cathy Huyghe was this year's headline speaker this year.
Condé Nast House & Garden hosted the Gourmet Restaurant Awards on the 18 October 2018 at the Grand Café in Waterfall Corner. The awards honoured the most talented establishments and individuals that have made their mark on South Africa's culinary sphere.
The winners of the 2018 Sanlam Top Destination Awards were announced at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town on 20 September 2018. Thirty-four accommodation establishments received Sanlam Top Destination Awards in their respective categories and star gradings.
The 2018 Africa Travel Summit was recently held at Guga S'thebe in Langa, Cape Town. Organised by Airbnb, the summit looked at how tourism and technology can enable economic empowerment all across the African continent.
Tsogo Sun celebrated 20 years since the opening of the Southern Sun The Cullinan and Southern Sun Waterfront in Cape Town. To mark the occasion, the hotel group held a special cocktail party at the Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel on 5 September 2018.
The Suncoast Casino in Durban recently unveiled its new Salon Privé gaming area. The Salon Privé offers a non-smoking and smoking floor and features 21 gaming tables, 202 slot machines, private rooms, as well as a restaurant and a bar.
The winners of the sixth annual Distell Inter Hotel Challenge were recently announced at a gala awards event at the Belmond Mount Nelson in Cape Town. Siya Molefe from the One & Only Cape Town was named chef of the year, while Samantha Swartz from The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town was crowned wine steward of the year.
The Tsogo Sun Silverstar Casino donated more than 189 staff hours and over R700,000 in various upliftment projects in celebration of Mandela Day. Its beneficiaries include the Bethany Trust House, which has several homes and centres under its care in Krugersdorp, as well as the Tower of Life, which shelters for men and women, and several others.