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South Africa’s winery: A toast to the good life



It should be in the constitution that there are other activities that can be done with your significant other apart from going to the movies, clubbing and dinner when on vacation. Exploring winelands is one of the underappreciated and underrated activities, over the years, as more people are beginning to love the world of wine, they’ve been more interested in learning the process. South Africa has become one of the most visited destinations in Africa, with numerous fun activities – beaches, theme parks, museums, wine tours – to boast about.

Wine tourism in South Africa has become one of the most interesting sectors in tourism, generating over R5 billion and also creating employment opportunities. The country has an array of wine activities to choose from – wine tasting, picnic lunch and dinners, wine tram tour and wine festivals.

Wine Tasting

Vineyards are always the go – to for wine tasting, but restaurants have now found its way to enter that segment, such as The Table, Franschhoek Kitchen, Fryndraai Restaurant, Readers restaurant and many more. As for vineyards, Tokara prides itself on making wines that are specific to three wine producing regions and offers a gallery of fine art and Jordan Wine Estate offers wine tasting packages and experience that includes sips from Chameleon range wines, Estate varietals, Reserve wines, Bradgate, Jardin label and so much more.

If you would love to taste the South Africa’s produced wines, look out for Methode Cap Classique, sparkling wine similar to Champagne or the Pinotage, a red wine made from a grape that is a mix of Cinsaut and Pinot Noir.

Picnic lunch/dinners

Picnics are the best things to do during the summer time, you get to sit down and reflect without worrying about the cold. Picnics have become really popular amongst wine farms. Boschendal wine farm boasts some of the best picnic spots around. The wine farm recently launched two new picnic experiences – Rose Garden Picnic with amazing views of the mountains, exhibition vineyards, the Rhone Homestead, the Cellar Door and picnic baskets that include food made from the natural farm produce and Werf Farm Picnic with hammocks, bean bags.

Guests are given the opportunity to bring their blankets, chair and tables to enjoy the and acres of scenic gardens, the new jungle gym and child care services enabling the younger one to create their own memories while the adults enjoy their time on tasting tours.

Wine tram tour

You might not want to sit around with bae at a picnic, sipping wine and eating, that’s fine. You can be adventurous enough to go on the wine tram tour. The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop- on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover Franschhoek Valley – scenic vineyards. It is breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and fine wines.

Located in the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, the Franschhoek Wine Route is considered South Africa’s gourmet capital. Franschhoek translates to “French Corner,” and the entire region has hints of its French beginnings, and you will experience an extensive French influence in the wine making. You can have a top-notch experience as you go through the vineyards in an open side tram and open-air tram bus viewing some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. At each stop, there are activities offered to passengers, such as wine tasting, lunch, and a stroll through the vineyards.

Wine festivals

At food and wine festivals in South Africa, there are arrays of life changing taste buds’ experiences – from munching on world beating cheese, to fresh fruits and vegetables and Karoo lambs, seafood and venison to sipping hundreds of the country’s finest and tastiest wines. The best part of it all is that the festivals are seasonal and usually happens all year round in different cities. Around the holiday period the most popular festivals are the RMB Wine Festival, Sandton and Summer Wine Festival, Johannesburg holding from October 25 – 27 and November 4 respectively. At wine festivals, there are over 60 wine producers presenting more than 400 wines and associated products – reds, whites, bubblies, brandies, craft gins and so much more. This is the perfect activity for couples as they can eat all sorts and get drunk on wine and love.



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Franjane Royal Suites opens for business today



Lagos State hospitality sector would have its ranks swelled with the formal opening today of Franjane Royal Suites. The 40 rooms – based hotel, with apportioned modern and sophisticated facilities, boasting excellent and professional service delivery culture, is located on Okota, Isolo axis of the state.

Patrons and guests consisting business moguls and others, including the local community, are expected to attend the ceremony, which is billed to begin at 11am within the expansive premises of the elegant and architecturally pleasing hotel. The opening ceremony would be performed by Lord Bishop Rt. Revd. Dr. and Mrs. James O. Odedeji, of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos West.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the hotel, Sir Francis Okeke, who is very pleased at his accomplishment, the ceremony promises to be an eventful and colourful one as preparations are in top gear to showcase the hotel to the world. He disclosed that the hotel is quite unique and would be a first choice for patrons because of its posh and opulence nature as well as the exquisite facilities and services on offer.

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OLUGBENGA OMOTAYO SUNDAY: Thriving hospitality business vital to tourism growth



Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday is a trained accountant, mediator and banker turned hospitality expert. He is from Idere, Ibarapa Central Local Government of Oyo State. With over 10 years working experience in senior strategy and operational positions at various hotels in Nigeria, he is now the general manager of Grand Capital Hotel, Akure. He speaks on the importance of a thriving hospitality sector to the development of tourism


How were you able to manage the switch from the banking industry to hospitality?

After my exit from the banking industry, I discovered that both industries have common relationships in that banking is service oriented industry and that is quite applicable to the hospitality sector. That made it easy for me to cope in the hospitality industry easily.

What are the prospects for the younger generation in tourism industry?

The tourism industry is very huge. It has a lot of sectors based on the fact that people move from one place to another and that will continue to be and that will always prompt the need for hospitality services with hospitality as the key player. Each hotel has at least 10 departments, like housekeeping, administration, accounts, security, front desk, and maintenance. All these require qualified personnel to manage. From available statistics on hotel management, it was discovered that hotels contributed 60% which is like 1.7billion in Nigeria today

Highlight the significance of hospitality sector to tourism industry in Nigeria

Tourism and hospitality are inseparable. Tourism cannot thrive where there are no appreciable hospitality services provided mostly by hotels. Hospitality is a sector that takes care of the need of tourists. It is vital to state that every tourists need accommodation, food and drink, which are provided by the hospitality sector because they are strangers wherever they find themselves. So for a tourist to rate a destination with good grade and thought of returning again, the hotels must have provid-ed friendly and satisfying services.

What are some of the challenges facing hotel business in Nigeria?

The number one challenge is the erratic power supply. It is a major problem because good percentage of profit that would have been injected to sustain the business goes to providing electricity through fuelling and maintenance of generators. From experience, hospitality sector lacks manpower as many of the employees are not patience enough to grow in the industry and multiple taxations is another problem. It is important to state that most of the hotels found it very difficult to have access to loans from the banks for expansion.

What are the keys to success in hotel business?

For any hotel to succeed, attention must be paid to every little thing. Starting from the hotel’s entrance, as the first point of call, to the front office. The staff must be friendly and courteous in welcoming the guests. It goes a long way in building a lasting impression and relationship. Also, the preventive maintenance culture must be cultivated. Security of guests must not be underrated and provision of good culinary services.

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Tinapa Lakeside Hotel boost for Niger Delta Tourism Expo



As preparations for Niger Delta Tourism Expo, which is scheduled to hold for the first time in Calabar, Cross River State, gather momentum, Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, the choice venue for the maiden event, has offered to partner with the organisers of the event.

This is coming on the heels of recent support for the tourism event, which would see the nine states in the South – South region gather to promote and market the tourism business of the region, by the Cross State government, through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which pledged full endorsement for the travel and tourism trade expo.

At a meeting with the local organising committee of the event, the General Manager of Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Mrs. Justina Ovat, declared that as a measure of its support, the management of the hotel is offering 50% discount on its facilities, including rooms to participants and exhibitors.

She conducted the team on a tour of the facilities, which included the proposed venue, exhibition spaces, halls and board rooms for breakout sessions. State tourism boards, agencies, different stakeholders and experts, tourism operations, designated speakers and panelists as well as the media and the public from across the states of the South – South region of the country, are expected to converge on Tinapa, Calabar to chart a new course for the improvement of the economy of Niger Delta states beyond the oil and gas.

Billed to hold between 11 and 13 July, the theme is: ‘Niger – Delta Beyond Oil: Tourism, A Tool for Sustainable Development.’ Different sub topics on issues ranging from hospitality, the role of the media, the government, security agencies, and financial and traditional institutions among others would occupy the seminar sections of the event.

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