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The South African Travel Corporation
Newsletter October 2004
Editor Erika Fredholm

Dear Tourism Colleague,

Boom in the tourism industry.

It is estimated Africa's share in the world market will stand at 5% by 2020.

The tourism industry in South Africa is now exceeding the gold industry in bringing money into the country.

Worth his weight in gold!
Worth his weight in gold!
A new report on South Africa's economy suggests that tourists are worth their weight in gold.

Research by Standard Bank released on Monday showed that last year the country earned more foreign exchange from tourism than it did from gold, the traditional bedrock of the South African economy.

Standard Bank said receipts from tourism topped 53.9 billion rands (US8.24 billion euros 6.67 billion) last year while net gold exports brought in 35.3 billion rands (US5.4 billion euros 4.37 billion).

Mining overall still remains the country's biggest foreign exchange earner, but tourism now accounts for about seven percent of gross domestic product and adds more to domestic economic growth than mining, said the bank.

The bank also estimated that South African tourism could increase by more than 3 percent next year, more than double the 1.2 percent increase recorded last year. - Sapa-AP

South African Tourism has had its best winter season ever!

Wild august flowers
Wild august flowers.
Did you think of skiing? No, winter in South Africa is not like winter in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, North America, Canada. Winter - snow - ice - dark - cold.

Winter in South Africa is actually in many ways more comfortable than summer. It is just unfortunate, that we have these European names to our seasons. A Cape Town winter for example is warmer, less rain and more sunshine, than Scandinavian summers. Yes, this information comes straight from the horse's mouth.

Hot Stuff!

Durbanville Hills cellar
Durbanville Hills cellar.
Durbanville Hills, a state of the art wine cellar, included in SATravel's Wild Wine tour, is celebrating the acquisition of two important accreditation certificates and they are the 0SO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:1994; solid evidence of environmentally friendly cellar practices.

South Africa gears up towards the 2010 World Soccer Cup. Both Newlands and Athlone stadiums in Cape Town have been ruled out as match venues for the World Cup and plans for a new R300m stadium will be finalised in January 2005. The possible site for it will be somewhere between Khayelitsha and Kuils River.

A new venue is being planned for Johannesburg also.

South Africa is as popular as ever for shooting of films and TV-series. Currently the disaster that hit the majestic SS Poseidon, a virtually floating city, on a cruise out of Athens is being filmed. The Blockbuster "Poseidon's Adventures" had the audience on the edge of their seats in the 1970 and this TV mini-series version promises to become even more exciting. It will be filmed over 11 weeks, until end of November, in Cape Town, where the whole set has been built, including a huge gimbal that can slowly flip cabins, the kitchen etc when the ship turns over.

Rhino release
Rhino release.
A new game project has seen the light of day. Four game reserves, amongst them Phinda, have linked up to form a 20 000 hectare black rhino sanctuary known as Munyawana in KwaZulu-Natal. This is part of an ambitious project by KZN Wildlife and the World Wildlife Fund conservation group to expand black rhino territory and double the size of the province's 500-strong herd. One black rhino has a value of R500 000.

KwaZulu-Natal's wildlife boss Patrick Sokhela narrowly escaped being "kebabbed" by an angry black rhino bull during the historic game release last week.

Conservation staff had arranged for Sokhela to sit in the front of one of the game-viewing trucks. Everyone was warned to keep absolutely still when the rhinos were released from the crates but, inevitably, someone made a movement as the first bull was released - and it fixed its glare on Sokhela's Land Rover 30m away. Then snorting in fury, it charged into the front fender and did its best to smash up the wheel closest to Sokhela. The tyre exploded with a bang that brought an abrupt end to the attack.

"I didn't expect to be the victim of this sort of black-on-black violence", joked Sokhela, businessman and chairman of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Whisky treat
Whisky treat.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, North Wharf, is hosting a whisky festival this week. It is called "Learn to Love Whisky" and the adverts show close-ups of faces of people, who haven't learnt to love yet, that's for sure!

Well, wine, whisky, water,- precious drinks! Water, life of all life - is not always and everywhere present. Save if you can.

Cape Town voted simply the best - many times over

(Cape Argus, Oct 19, 2004)

It's official. Cape Town is the best city in the world!

We've known it for long, but don't take our word for it - that accolade comes from thousands of international travellers polled for one of the world's most prestigious travel surveys, the UK's 2004 Telegraph Travel Awards.

If you don't believe the Brits, take the Yank's word for it. The American 2004 Condé Nast Top 100 Readers' Choice Awards has also placed Cape Town at the top of the heap in the Best City category for Africa and the Middle East.

And if that isn't enough, in the 2004 High Life Travel Awards, British Airways voted Cape Town the best city in the world in which to eat out, pipping New York, Sydney, London and Paris to the post.

The Daily Telegraph has published its travel poll for the past seven years. It is an independent market research survey of 25 000 Telegraph readers. In its poll Sydney and Venice take second and third place.

Wild Wine Oubenheim Food
Gourmet treat.
Taken by 'the good news guys'

Cape Town is also home to one of the best hotels in the world, according to the survey. The Mount Nelson Hotel was voted third-best hotel in the world behind the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the Shangri-La in Singapore. It was the only South African hotel to make it onto the Telegraph award list.

Erika with tortoise
Erika with tortoise.
Look after yourself and keep smiling!

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