Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PR-Net Trade’s Tourism and Hospitality exhibition at the Cape Sun

This was held at the Cape Sun this week and we had a chance to listen to a presentation by Enver Duminy, Head of Cape Town Tourism, with his innovative strategy for tourism in our great city. We also met several new tourism people on their stands and did a lot of networking. We hope to visit some of these areas and places soon and write about them
A very friendly Anika de Goede of Hermanuspietersfontein Winery told us all about the new winemaker and the wines and their cottages in Stanford
An old friend, Martina Barth, who represents the Vineyard Hotel and the Oude Werf Hotel in Stellenbosch, with Chantelle Philander and Crystal Hendricks
Brian Berkman, organiser of the event, gets proceedings going
GM of Cape Sun Jacques Moolman making the announcement that Tsogo Sun have agreed to spend R200 million on a complete refurbishment of the Cape Sun. It so needs it
Tony Romer-Lee, head of PMR Hospitality reminisced about Liz McGrath, the recently deceased, well-respected owner of The Collection hotel group for whom he worked for several years
A large audience
Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy telling us about his 10 point strategy for publicising our beautiful city
We try to practice many of these strategies when we write about the Cape and what it has to offer
The Cape Whale Coast - destination marketing for the Overstrand: Hangklip, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford & Gansbaai. Joanne Kunz was charming and amusing, and gave us lots of information about an area we know well and visit often. She told us of a beach walk in the Gansbaai area with a marine expert and, as we plan to be there at the end of April, we certainly will get more information on this. We absolutely love beachcombing
We learnt about De Zeekoe Guest Farm, Reserve and venue in Oudtshoorn from Adri, who had us in stitches - a huge personality and very enjoyable. It is on our list of places to visit one day soon
Nice to meet you!
Lynne with the girls from Around About Car Hire
Newmark Hotels’ stand was ably manned by Waleed Taliep and Angelique Engelbrecht. They have the V&A hotel, The Victoria and the Dock House Private Hotel in the V&A Waterfront as well as Motswari Private Game Reserve in Limpopo
The surfer girl from Stoked School of Surf, Claudia Hopkins – should you wish to learn how to surf. They take you to the beach with the best waves on the day of your lesson. And they have weekend surf camps
Brian and the team saying goodbye. It was a good evening. Some of the posher foreign venues were not very forthcoming with information, or welcoming, but the "locals" certainly were full of advice, information and friendliness. Others tables we visited that we can’t wait to contact are the West Coast National Park and the Cape West Coast Way, who offered to plan a road trip. Also Oudtshoorn Tourism, when we do another trip via Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and Knysna
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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