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.
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 Peace Parks Foundation and Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) launched its Tourism Conservation Fund (TCF) in Cape Town and Johannesburg recently. The joint venture aims to secure South Africa's biodiversity through the development of commercial linkages between the country's high-value wildlife reserves and communities historically excluded from sharing in their value.
Highlights from day two at the World Travel Market Africa 2018, held at the CTICC in Cape Town on 19 April 2018, included the Speed Networking sessions, the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange and the African Business Travel Association (ABTA) Corporate Travel Forum.
Leisure Connexion and the Gauteng Tourism Authority hosted the first GP Lifestyle Tourism Street Party at 1 Fox Precinct, Ferreirasdorp on World Tourism Day, 28 September 2017. The event was aimed at gathering roleplayers in the tourism industry to showcase Gauteng as a destination and to highlight its offerings.
The recent Sanlam Top Destination Awards paid tribute to local entrepreneurs who have contributed to the success of the South African tourism industry. The 35 establishments were the overall winners in their respective categories and star gradings.
Durban officially welcomed the international Mrs Universe contestants today, 25 August 2017. Women from more than 80 countries will compete for the Mrs Universe crown at Durban's Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 2 September 2017 after the city clinched the rights to host the activist-themed, global women empowerment event for the first time in Africa.