https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saYOIA4cmo8 Regular travelers flock the hills of Uttarakhand either in summers or in winters. But this Monsoon, in a bid to offer the tourists something new, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) is all set to launch an enticing campaign titled #DoTheNew. Brimming with several heavenly destinations covered in clouds and mist, Uttarakhand is a perfect place to enjoy the magic of monsoon. The season is also considered to be the best for Ayurvedic treatment and Uttarakhand being the wellness capital of India also invites travelers for rejuvenating experiences clubbed with recharging sessions of Ayurveda. As the name suggests, the campaign makes a clarion call to do something unconventional; to do something new and enjoy the rainy season away from the city, in the cradle of nature. It asks for connecting with nature, gazing sky filled with clouds, getting wet, playing in the dew, dip the feet in the water and surrender yourself to the magic of monsoon. Keeping the demographics of the state in consideration, as a part of the campaign, UTDB has strategically identified 6 destinations to be promoted, namely Ranikhet, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, and Kausani. These heavenly destinations are as loud as they are quiet; they balance out a person’s sense of adventure by subtly inducing tranquillity. The harmonic rainfall, the essence of raincoats, the excitement for some luscious local cuisine, the freshness of the environment, all in all, the perfect enthrals. “Hill Stations have always been known to be a popular tourist destination in the summers; with this campaign we intend to change that primary perspective and make people realize, that the hills of Uttarakhand are not only for escaping the heat, but also to enjoy monsoon season at its best.”, said Shri Satpal Maharaj, Hon’ble Tourism Minister of Uttarakhand, commenting on the potential of the #DoTheNew campaign. According to Shri Dilip Jawalkar, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, . . .
Fabulous Franschhoek festival packages at Grande Provence Make Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate your go-to destination when you visit Franschhoek and take advantage of their fabulous festival accommodation offer for upcoming events in the valley this year. The Grande Provence festival packages are tailor made for visitors to Franschhoek’s most popular annual events: the Bastille Festival (14-15 July), Franschhoek Uncorked (15-16 September) and the stylish Cap Classique and Champagne Festival (1-2 December). The offer comprises a 2-night stay at The Owner’s Cottage or La Provençale on this picture perfect 17th century wine estate, and includes two festival tickets and return transfers to the event. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury for the ultimate escape. The beautifully appointed private cottage comprises four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by lush vines and breath-taking views this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends. If you are planning to visit the French-inspired Bastille Festival, celebrate spring at Franschhoek Uncorked with new wine releases from the valley’s vignerons, or embrace the Magic of Bubbles at the stylish Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, make a weekend of it by taking advantage of Grande Provence’s fabulous festival accommodation packages. Tucked away in the Franschhoek heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence is a unique destination with a myriad of exceptional experiences including award winning wines, modern South African cuisine by Executive Chef Guy Bennett at The Restaurant, and an eclectic collection of contemporary South African art at The Gallery. Grande . . .
95 at Parks, Chef Giorgio Nava’s acclaimed Italian restaurant serving his signature Milanese dishes in the Southern Suburbs, has teamed up with Klein Constantia for a singular winter wine experience. During the entire month of July, 95 at Parks guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of either Klein Constantia Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2016, or their Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2016. Zesty, vibrant and extraordinarily textural, Klein Constantia Organic Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect partner for Chef Giorgio’s creamy pastas. Quintessentially Constantia in style and ageability, this wine is a particularly fitting choice as the major portion of the grapes come from Zonnestraal vineyards adjacent to 95 at Parks. Red wine lovers looking for a richly layered, full bodied blend can savour the Klein Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz with a fine meat cut or Chef Giorgio’s famous veal osso buco for the ultimate winter comfort food. Famous for making world class, terroir driven Sauvignon blancs and elegant red wines, Klein Constantia is the home of the iconic Vin de Constance. The farm was originally part of Simon van der Stel’s 1685 Constantia property. If you are looking for real Italian food made from the best quality produce for an intimate dinner or light lunch with friends, 95 at Parks has it all. It is one of the few Constantia eateries open on a Monday. 95 at Parks is situated at 114 Constantia Main Road and is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday with secure parking on the premises. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The brand formerly known as Airlines SA approached Realm Digital to assist with their rebranding and repositioning strategy. Click, Click, Go! Powered by Travelstart, the booking tool allows you to search and compare flights on various local and international airlines. After comparing costs, the portal enables you to book your own flights. We sat down with the founder, Tania De Jager to found out more about the ?newly rebranded online travel booking destination. What brought about the need for a rebrand? Our previous brand, Airlines SA was in dire need of a makeover. With the brand’s rapid expansion, we needed to explore a more flexible solution to allow for future services that our customers might require. The Airlines SA brand was quite limiting in terms of future expansion and with a few plans up our sleeves, we needed an umbrella brand. We want to make travel bookings easy, and for that you need one destination. Why ClickClickGo? Most things these days happens with a click or two. We shop, we read, we play, we communicate, we pretty much run our lives with the clicking of buttons - the click is powerful. Day to day tasks like banking and shopping have become easier and quicker to manage, and travel should be no different. The name resonates with travelers in the digital age. The name conveys the simplicity of using our services and illustrates that it's safe, fast and reliable, as easy as click, click and go! What inspired the new look? The time was right to update the brand, change the name and give it a fresh new look, including a new logo and brand colours. We also wanted a completely new brand identity. The screaming pink is happy, vibrant and modern, because planning a trip shouldn't be all that serious! Realm Digital’s design studio created the new logo and brand identity taking into account the brand’s youthful nature. The vibrant pink will ensure the logo stands out against competitors and remains top of mind when it . . .
The Gamtoos Valley has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's, self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. Also known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wildernes Area, the Gamtoos Valley is a vibrant mix of nature, agriculture and cultural influences with plenty to see and explore along the diverse route. Citrus fruit grown is the main form of export and other crops include potatoes, vegetables, cucumbers, variety of types of lettuce, and fruit like strawberries...no wonder Gamtoos Valley is called the fruit basket of the Eastern Cape. The area is host to the annual Naartjie Festival, the largest Sundial in Africa, the grave of Sarah Baartman and the well-known 9-hole Hankey Golf Course. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from MTB, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, and trips into the Baviaanskloof. Visitors can visit the Kouga Dam built in 1967 - the first double-arched dam engineered in South Africa. Along the way, look out for the unique rock formations - one may even be surprised to see Queen Victoria's profile. Other attractions in the Gamtoos Valley to explore is Phillips Tunnel, Phillips Graves and Bergvenster (window in the mountain), and the famous Baobab Trees. Baviaanskloof, a 192 000ha conservation area and World Heritage Site, is home to an amazing diversity of habitat types and species. From yellowwoods to karoo bossies, thicket spekboom to fynbos proteas, the Kloof is a nature lover's paradise. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nedbank renews longstanding Cape Winemakers Guild partnership Nedbank, established partner of the Cape Winemakers Guild for over two decades, has extended its sponsorship of the Guild until 2020. As a proud supporter of the Cape Winemakers Guild since 1995, Nedbank has played an integral part in the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, as well as various skills development programmes through the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust. ‘Nedbank is proud to continue its support of the Cape Winemakers Guild and the positive transformation journey of a new generation of South African winemakers and viticulturists through the Guild’s Protégé Programme,’ says Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing of Nedbank Group. The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust was established in 1999 as a joint social investment initiative. In addition to the Nedbank sponsorship, funds for the trust are raised at various Guild events throughout the year including the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, founded in 2006, has established itself as one of the most successful development programmes in the South African wine industry. Driven by the single-minded vision to transform the industry, the programme has seen a total of 24 talented oenology and viticulture graduates honing their skills while enjoying the rare opportunity of working side by side with members of the Guild. To date there are 17 former Cape Winemakers Guild protégés pursuing promising careers in the wine industry – from private wine estates to larger corporate companies. Praisy Dlamini, the first female protégé to be enrolled in the programme in 2008, believes that it provided a good foundation for understanding what the industry required from her as a winemaker: ‘With the experience and knowledge I acquired during my time as a protégé, I was able to make good judgements and decisions in my career. I . . .
A new attraction has popped up in Elgin in the Western Cape and it’s drawing in the crowds – by road and rail. The Elgin Railway Market opened on 16 June 2018. It’s the brainchild of businessman Roger Orpen, who converted the old apple warehouse into a bustling steampunk station market boasting local vendors, live music and a gateway to the beautiful Overberg town. Inspired by the barn’s railway-side setting, Orpen took his creative cues from the invention of steam and the industrial age, milestones accompanied by the rapid development of rail networks across the world. Creating a beautiful space where art deco meets Victorian, the Market is unlike any other in South Africa. Sweeping staircases, detailed metal archways, light fittings and wall sconces, raw brick and stone, black metal framed panes and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style fan system of belts and pulleys result in a collective double take as visitors unsuspectingly enter the space. Says Orpen, “I moved to Elgin a couple of years ago and I started to reimagine this intriguing old barn. It was far from easy to buy the building and unbundle the red tape, but I felt sure there was something special in store.” Working with designer Corban Warrington, Orpen eventually set up his own workshop to complete all the fittings and décor elements that brought the project to life. Only local artisans worked in the studio and Orpen is committed to using local suppliers wherever possible. The next step in Orpen’s plan was to bring a steam train to the Market, which he now does a few times a month in partnership with the Ceres Rail Company. The whistle and steam of the arriving train is a must-see for children (and adults) and a bucket list experience for the passengers who sign up to take the ride. Visitors to the market can greet the train on the station platform or view its arrival from the Market’s leisure deck overlooking the railway. Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food . . .
The Drakenstein Local Tourism Association is giving local artists and crafters a boost with an artist development programme aimed at eventually incorporating emerging community artists into the already established self-guided Arts & Craft route in the beautiful Boland town. Launched with funding from the Drakenstein Municipality, the tourism office has reached out to several artistic local residents to create proudly Paarl products that will be appealing to visitors. The programme is focused on initiating self-sustainable creative businesses through product, market and business support and training workshops. According to Annelize Stroebel, the initiative will assist artists with creative potential and commitment to become sustainable entities that are able to contribute to a unique and diverse creative offering in the tourism sector. “The Drakenstein region has a proud history of expert craftsmen and we are committed to continue finding and nurturing local talent. This programme will provide opportunities for emerging artists and crafters to become established and recognised creatives, who are able to contribute to their community, whilst bringing cultural tourism into the area. This includes introducing them into networks that could provide potential platforms for showcasing their products and access to new retail markets,” explains Stroebel. The first step of the programme consisted of an introductory workshop followed by a “Product of Place” course presented by the Craft and Design Institute of South Africa. The course concentrated on building entrepreneurial and business skills, encouraging location-relevant product development and creating marketable prototypes. Mosaic artist Godwill Malan was one of the carefully selected participants in the project. This multi-talented artist was born and raised in Paarl. Since doing art as a subject at school, he has always looked for ways to creatively express himself. His creative passion resulted in him . . .
Constantia Glen taps into big bottle culture this winter Discover the great longevity of Bordeaux-style wines locked up in magnum bottles at Constantia Glen, the picturesque boutique wine estate perfectly appointed on the cool slopes below Constantia Nek. During the month of July, Constantia Glen is opening their vault of collector’s wine in 1,5 litre magnums. Visitors to the tasting room can enjoy 20% off when purchasing magnums of Constantia Glen TWO, THREE and FIVE. The exceptional ageing potential of these magnums make them the perfect addition to your wine collection at home or as gifts for friends and family. “In magnum bottles the maturation process happens more slowly than in standard 750ml bottles. The reason for this is that there is twice the volume of wine to the same amount of air in the headspace between the wine and the cork. This means that proportionally there is a smaller oxygen to wine ratio. As oxygen helps maturation along, this process takes much longer in bigger bottles of wine,” explains Winemaker Justin van Wyk. The slow maturation process leads to greater developed nuances and more complex aromas resulting in a fresher and fruitier wine in a magnum than in a standard bottle of the same vintage. Over and above enjoying elegant wine when visiting Constantia Glen, enhance your experience by choosing from three mouth-watering soups, or add artisanal cheese and charcuterie to your wine tasting. The Constantia Glen tasting room is the ideal setting for a relaxing day spent taking in scenic views of rolling vineyards and outstretched mountains. Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open from 10h00 till 17h00 from Sunday to Friday and 10h00 till 20h00 on Saturdays. Booking via http://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of . . .
The Magic is in the Bubbly! Love, romance, milestones, anniversaries, great achievements, deals signed and sealed - all have one thing in common – it calls for bubbly! The effervescent bubbles magically create a joyful feeling of celebration and special moments. There is always an occasion for champagne or a delicious cocktail! Even if it’s simply to reward yourself after a long day or to indulge your craving for your favourite bottle of Champagne in a gorgeous venue designed for magic, Muse Champagne Room is the answer! The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has taken this bubbly delight to the next level with their brand new MUSE Champagne Room, in collaboration with French Champagne House, Perrier-Jouët. The Champagne Room and adjoining Courtyard is a sumptuous mix of elegance and contemporary chic, using nature as the source of inspiration. The adjoining Courtyard is the perfect place for late afternoon sundowners and offers an eclectic range of designer cocktails, as well as a signature Casse-Croûte menu. Enjoy this unique space that goes beyond the sumptuous sipping of champagne and draws you into an atmosphere that contributes to a fabulous event or a decadent do! The MUSE Champagne Room is where Joburg’s hottest movers and shakers are sharing their bubbles! For the perfect date, anniversary, special occasion or friend’s night out, dress up and experience five-star boutique living in style. “Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking champagne.” – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutique hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Sandton. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa creates an intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. The chic, upscale suites are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern . . .