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South Africa’s participation in the International Golf Travel Market in the Algarve


The South African Pavilion at IGTM 2012


South African Tourism and several South African companies participated in the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) exhibition show that took place from 12 to 15 November 2012 in the Algarve, Portugal.


The International Golf Travel Market is the premier event for the golf travel industry with more than 600 suppliers joining 350 pre-qualified buyers and media operators for set appointments, networking and industry updates.


South African Tourism and several South African companies exhibited under a unified South African pavilion having used the platform to profile the country as a unique golf tourism destination in terms of business, lifestyle, leisure activities and tourism experiences.


Ambassador K. Matthews
speaking at the South African Cocktail Function at IGTM 2012


The South African Pavilion team at IGTM 2012

Stellenbosch named one the 5 best wine destinations in the world

23 October 2012

Love wine?  Love to incorporate some great wines in your next trip?  Then take a look at this list from TripAdvisor. According to the popular travel review site, these are currently the five best wine destinations in the world:

1. Tuscany, Italy
2. Sonoma County, California
3. Hunter Valley, Australia
4. Stellenbosch, South Africa
5. Province of Mendoza, Argentina

Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor added that in addition to supplying some of the finest wines to the world, these destinations offer visitors outstanding hotels, restaurants and wine tours.

This is what they wrote about Stellenbosch:

You’ll find a number of excellent wineries ranging in size from grand estates to small mom-and-pop operations in the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek area. Franschhoek was founded by French immigrants and has a decidedly French flair—try some excellent white wines here. The Stellenbosch district is better known for its reds. Definitely seek out a Cape Blend made with local Pinotage grapes.

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Cape Town Voted World's Second Best City

18 October 2012 

Condé Naste Traveller readers voted Cape Town the second-best city in the world, and Africa’s number one, in the 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey.

A total of 46 476 readers took part in the 2012 annual survey, in which 1 306 winners were nominated.

The popular benchmark canvas positioned Cape Town firmly in the number two position with a score of 84.8, just two points behind the winner, Charleston in the United States, with 86.7. In descending order, Florence, Bangkok, Vancouver, Sydney, Beirut, St Miguel de Allende, Buenos Aires and Gustavia took the remaining top 10 positions.

Topping the list of African cities favoured by travellers, Cape Town received a Readers’ Choice Rating of 84.8. Making up this total were scores of 92.3 for ambience, 86.6 for friendliness, 89.3 for lodging, 86.0 for restaurants, 86.7 for culture and sites, and 69.2 for shopping. Knysna scooped second spot with 72.2 and Marrakech (Morocco) came third with 69.1.

This year’s results were characterised by numerous high scores, with 370 hotels, resorts and cruise lines rating above 90. The Qualia Resort on Australia’s Barrier Reef emerged in a class of its own with a perfect score of 100.

Condé Naste Traveller is a premier online resource for international travellers.

Source: Cape Town Tourism

SKA South Africa 'a chance for Africa to shine'

9 October 2012

Winning the right to co-host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has given South Africa and Africa as a whole a platform to prove to the world that the continent has what it takes to deliver a cutting-edge science project, says SKA associate director Professor Justin Jonas.

Speaking at a gala dinner in Carnarvon on Monday, ahead of President Jacob Zuma's visit to the site of the SKA in the Northern Cape, Jonas expressed faith in the ability of South Africa and its partners on the continent to successfully pull off the venture.

"I am confident we are going to do that," said Jonas.


SA, Australia to share hosting of SKA

In May this year, the SKA Organisation announced that South Africa and Australia were to share the hosting of the most advanced scientific project in the world. The two biggest components of the SKA will be built in Africa, while one will be built in Australia. About 70% of the facility will be built in Africa.

Both South Africa and Australia have been working on precursors to the SKA, the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope and the 36-dish SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) respectively.

According to Jonas, the SKA will be a massive scientific infrastructure, and its development and construction will require participation by a wide range of industries to achieve its ambitious performance, schedule and cost targets.

Jonas is confident that by 2016, the project will be ready. In all, more than 2 500 dishes are expected to be built.


SKA to draw scientists, engineers to Africa

South Africa, as co-host of the SKA, is expected to become a global centre for information technology, fundamental physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering, drawing top scientists and engineers from around the world.

Dr Bernie Fanaroff, SKA project director, said he was confident that South Africa and its partners would make the SKA project a reality.

"We have an outstanding site for the SKA, as well as the people and the expertise to build and operate this mega-instrument," said Fanaroff.

The MeerKAT Array, currently taking shape in South Africa's Karoo region, is a world-class radio telescope designed to do ground-breaking science.

It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the SKA is completed around 2024. Close to 100 young scientists and engineers are working on the MeerKAT project.

The MeerKAT will consist of 64 dishes of 13.5-m diameter each, with an offset Gregorian configuration.

The commissioning of the MeerKAT will take place in 2014 and 2015, with the array coming online for science operations in 2016.

Cape Town named Top Beach Destination

 3 October 2012

The annual World Travel Awards took place in September and resulted in a string of accolades for South African tourism brands and a Best Beach Destination award for Cape Town.

Cape Town competed against Bazaruto in Mozambique, Diani Beach, Kenya, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania and previous winner, Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt for the top beach attraction.

Says Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing; "Cape Town’s beaches are a huge tourism asset, particularly because they are so diverse. We have family beaches, tidal pools, clear water, challenging surf, endless beaches, tranquil coves – and more. Our beaches a place for relaxation, exercise, discovery and inspiration and so appeal to a wide range of travellers and can offer so much in a single visit."

CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold said that a sustained, combined effort between The City of Cape Town, the private sector and the public themselves had resulted in Cape Town’s proud record of world class beaches that were clean, safe and carefully managed to protect their role in the biodiversity.

South Africa enjoyed a significant share of the accolades at the 19th World Travel Awards. Notable winners included SAA for Best Airline, 1Time for Africa’s Leading Low Cost Airline, Ellerman House & Villa ("Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa"), Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa ("Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel"), The Blue Train ("Africa’s Leading Luxury Train"), Fairmont Zimbali ("Africa’s Leading Tourism Development Project") and Shamwari Game Reserve ("Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge").

WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 19th anniversary, it is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could hope to receive. WTA’s global media partner network includes International Herald Tribune, CNBC Arabiya, Newsweek, ASTA Network, National Geographic Traveller, Access New York, Travel & Leisure China, Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia, TTN, Trav Talk India, Publituris, ABTA Magazine, Outlook Traveller, Breaking Travel News, eTurboNews, Passport Magazine and Travel Daily News International.

Source: SA - the Good News

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