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Seychelles and South African tourism boards sign MoU for better cooperation

Better cooperation and exchanges are expected in the field of tourism between Seychelles and South Africa after the two countries’ respective tourism boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the INDABA trade fair last week in Durban.

The MOU was signed on behalf of Seychelles by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange and Sthembiso Dlamini, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the South African Tourism Board.

Several talks and discussions were held between the two bodies in the past year, leading up to the realisation of this agreement which now covers numerous areas of prolific cooperation between them.

In the presence of several representatives of both tourism boards, the agreement was signed and toasted to as both Minister St Ange and Ms Dlamini said they look forward to further strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement promotes promotional efforts and collaboration in developing the tourism industry of both countries as they seek to: jointly position Seychelles and South Africa as touristic destinations and increase their market profiles as preferred destinations; collaborate on marketing activities, tourism campaigns and travel trade promotions aimed at increasing the market share of both countries; provide access to each other’s pool of marketing intelligence especially to increase the marketing efficiencies of both countries; collaborate on efforts to increase the countries’ exposure in the global market and improve communication between the two parties in order to foster a closer working relationship.

Minister St Ange, who has been instrumental in pushing for such an agreement between the two bodies, reiterated of why he felt ‘Africa should work with Africa’, if the continent is to move forward and be a more attractive product on the international tourist market.

“South Africa has been and remains a strong source market for Seychelles and it is a country with which we share excellent relations. But there are more we can do for each other and this agreement will lead the way to better cooperation and exchanges between the two parties, which will help to position both destinations at a new level on the international tourist market,” he said.

Ms Dlamini also spoke of the need to work together in order to develop a common approach to developing the two countries’ tourism plan and strategies.

“Collaboration is central to all we eandevour to do as SA Tourism to grow and support the tourism industry in the country, and on the continent. We are very excited that our initial discussions with the Seychelles have borne fruit in the form of this MOU. We are looking forward to future engagement to realise our shared vision of taking our destinations to new levels of success.”


Jenda – the place to be seen

“A meal is the whole experience of getting together and sharing with friends. It is more than food”- that’s the quote by Jinny Fleishman that adorns the new Jenda Restaurant menu and the philosophy behind this fresh new experience on offer at Montecasino.

“To stay relevant to our constant stream of visitors, we need to keep reinventing ourselves, offering new experiences that meet the needs and wants of our wide spectrum of customers. Jenda is a comfortable environment where people can stay for hours, relaxing and enjoying the light fare complemented by fine wine,” says Norman Wallace, Operations Director for Tsogo Sun.

Explains Glenn Joseph, General Manager of Montecasino, “Jenda brings a new dimension of comfort and relaxed dining to our mix at Montecasino. It’s a restaurant that is flexible enough for every dining requirement and for leisurely social evenings, but specifically attracts pre- and post-show theatre goers to complete a perfect evening out.”

Both the restaurant and the menu have been designed for sharing. The restaurant includes several unique spaces – couches and low tables in a screened off outside area with a pleasant Mediterranean feel and makes it the ideal place to relax; a restaurant section for more formal sit-down meals; a flaring bar; and an upstairs wine tasting room. The décor is fresh, slick and welcoming.

The menu includes ‘small plates for sharing’, offering a range of delectable snack foods for the South African palate; a selection of sliders – lamb, beef and chicken; seafood, including prawns with lime and chilli, deep-fried calamari with tartare sauce, grilled salmon and lemon mayonnaise; crisp chicken wings, larny potato fries with truffle oil; mini cheese fondue; grilled halloumi; and Jenda’s ‘famous tortilla sandwiches’ – lamb, thyme and tzatziki; beef, onion, mixed pepper; chicken, mushroom and bacon.

Although the menu is predominantly made up of small sharing portions, it also offers an a la carte menu which includes entrecote, beef fillet, parmesan-crusted chicken breast, pan-fried linefish, as well as the Jenda burger with slow-roasted tomato and onion relish, bacon, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. Salads are equally appetising – grilled beef salad, goat’s cheese, rocket, and micro greens with honey soy dressing; and roasted pear salad with blue cheese, crispy bacon bits, croutons, greens and blueberry dressing.

Topping the dessert list is ‘our famous Lindt chocolate fondue with biscotti, marshmallows, strawberries and honeycomb’ for two.

Cocktails and champagne add to the festive feel of the menu, with Moët & Chandon ranging from Vintage to Brut Imperial, and cocktails to share, with a variety that will appeal to any palate or occasion. The comprehensive wine menu also ensures that there is always something for everyone and features wines procured at the Nederburg and Cape Winemakers Guild auctions last year, where Tsogo Sun spent just under R3,2 million and took top spot for total sales by a single bidder.

The menu carries the sage suggestion, ‘After dinner, sit awhile and enjoy the evening, for later on you might be hungry again, and so the circle of good food continues.’ That’s what it’s about.

To book your table, contact Jenda on 011 510 7471. For more information go to www.montecasino.co.za, on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/montecasino or on Twitter at @MontecasinoZA.

Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.


Visiting Durban? Try The Concierge Hotel

I know the holiday season is over, but I couldn’t wait for another holiday season to share with you my lovely stay at The Concierge Hotel. I am still going to visit the place again and see if I can do one of my fashion shoots there – it’s a really beautiful place. So those of you who don’t live in Durban and are thinking of giving us a visit, I definitely think you should give them a try. One of the things I loved about The Concierge is that it’s situated just five minutes away from Florida Road, the coolest street in Durban.

Why you should stay at The Concierge?

One of the things I really loved about the place is that it has wiFi. As you guys know, I am now a freelancer so I need to get stuff done, on time. My laptop is my best friend – literally, I need to respond to emails on time – blog posts need to be published and scheduled and I also need to be online to keep up with latest trends and news. The wiFi at The Concierge is really fast, so if you’re a workaholic or think data is expensive (like me) The Concierge is your type of place. Whether you want to get away from home and work at a very peaceful place, you definitely should consider it.

Rooms

Also, the rooms are divine. Top class and an edition of personal and warm feel that you actually feel when you’re at your own home, difference is that you don’t get to cook for yourself nor make your own bed. (Yay for the lazy bones like myself).

Freedom Café

I am very fussy when it comes to eating places. I love to eat my food and not have to complain about the service or the way it tastes or just the way it looks. Having to wait very long before eating also annoys me, I lose my appetite. If I were to rate Freedom Café, I would definitely give them a 10. Their staff is well trained and actually do know how to make and keep the customer happy. They were also helpful when I wasn’t really sure what to choose in the menu and I loved the fact that they tolerated me and my brother after I told them that my brother is a total opposite compared to me. He is shy and doesn’t really feel comfortable around people he doesn’t know. Visit the Freedom Cafe Facebook page and checkout the site, where you’ll find the directions and how you can book a table..

Costs

After spending a night at The Concierge, a lot of people were asking me about costs etc. Well, if you have similar questions, I suggest you visit their site HERE and see their SPECIALS page.


#KnorrFlavourTour | Nothing’s More Fun Than a #Shotleft

I don’t really get to travel that much, but I always make sure that when I do… I have MAD fun. Traveling within my own country is what I am passionate about and as some of you may or may not know, I resigned from my job as a social media manager and content creator at a Durban based agency last month, so I will be doing a whole lot of stuff with different brands, individuals and interviewing all sorts of people who inspire and those that I think their stories are worth sharing.

I am taking this blog and the rest of others that I run, to the next level. I hope you are all ready, it’s going to be awesome. So, before all of you congratulate me on this big career change, let me share one of the best experiences I’ve come across as a blogger. My first media trip, gig (as a freelancer) or  … Whatever you may want to call it.

Last m0onth South African Tourism gave me an opportunity to explore South Africa… Not alone, but with a bunch of cool bloggers, celebrities and a few other African travel enthusiasts. We got to see and experience South African culture in a way that I wouldn’t have imagined. The trip started in Jozi so I had to fly up. Arrived at OR Tambo and took the Gautrain to Sandton where my darling friend, favourite blogger, Katchie was waiting for me. Katchie the founder and editor of Travel Mzantsi. We have been very close friends (online) but this was the first time meeting, so that’s one of the things that will always make this trip special to me. After the excitement of seeing each other for the first time, we rushed to Moloko Hotel to check in and quickly get ready for our 6 course dinner and wine pairing.

After that fantastic dinner and lots, lots and lots of wine… Breakfast in Soweto awaited, so we all woke up early (well, Katchie phoned my room to wake me up) and headed to one of South Africa’s famous streets, Vilakazi street. I remember visiting the street a few years ago and I must say, there’s been a lot of work that’s been done. We all enjoyed breakfast at the Thrive Cafe, beautiful service and perfect venue to eat while admiring Soweto’s beauty. This was one of my favourite places throughout the trip, actually.

After lunch, we drove a little bit more around Soweto and stopped at Hector Pieterson Museum  to learn a little bit more about the history of our country. I really loved the artwork, our people are really talented!

We then had the time to rest… And sleep (in the bus) making our way to Van Reenen. We got to Green Lantern Inn, while lunch was served, some of us were to excited that we wanted to take a little walk around this quite and beautiful place. You guys do know how much I love shopping, we found a really cool vintage shop and treated ourselves to some really affordable vintage items.

We arrived in beautiful but very cold Didima, checked in and were given maps to our rooms. Now they maps were quite confusing, honestly, I can’t read a map to save my life and that’s one of the things I really need to work on – seeing that I’m the type of person that enjoys travelling and want to be doing more of it in the coming year.

We had to quickly get ready for dinner, which I was really looking forward to. Dinner came and we were to wine, lots and lots of meat and deserts. On the following day, which we all were looking forward to because the itinerary had ‘helicopter ride’. I was excited for the ride as it was my first time and this is one of the things that’s going to make this trip special and memorable, too. Breakfast came, helicopter rides were amazing and then Durban, my beautiful city awaited us.

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Most of the people who were on tour were visiting Durban for the first time. We had lunch Durban style. Lots of currie and spices were added to the #KnorrFlavourTour.

After lunch we checked in at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni hotel and once again had to get ready for dinner, some of the people had the time to go take pictures by the ocean. Dinner was at Cargo Hold at uShaka Marine. It was my first time at Cargo Hold and I must say I really enjoyed watching the sharks while enjoying their delicious and unique dishes.

The following morning we had breakfast at Elangeni Hotel and headed to One and Only in Kwa Mashu for some braai meet and to end the tour with Durban kasi flavor.

Thank you South African Tourism for allowing me to be part of this amazing tour, thank you Shot’left and team as well as Knorr Flavour for such a wonderful experience. Nothing’s more fun than a shot’left.

 


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