Published on : Saturday, September 21, 2019
Today, nine of the top wine and food tourism providers of South Africa were named honourees in the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards at the close of 2019’s Wine and Food Tourism Conference near Stellenbosch (18 September). Blacky Komani, chairperson of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) gave the trophies.
Drawn from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, the Overberg, the West Coast and the Karoo to comprise a mix up of well-established favorites and hidden gems, they were selected to provide an exceptional and positively memorable tourist experiences that were an inspiration to others in the industry.
As per tourism doyenne Margi Biggs, who assembled the panel of judges from wine, hospitality and marketing, the nine honourees were shortlisted from remarkably strong contenders across the spectrum – from those offering wine tastings and wine and food pairings to fully fledged restaurants and accommodation. Jean-Pierre Rossouw, publisher of Rossouw’s Restaurants and the Platter’s South African Wine Guide chaired the panel.
Said Biggs: “We were delighted by the calibre of entries in this, the first year of our awards. We hope they serve to provide a benchmark to which the growing number of participants in the industry can aspire to and, in this way encourage the numerous businesses in this tourism sector to better their efforts.”
She said that the awards had been established to boost up the confidence of wine and food tourism and advance service standards and training. Tourism is one of the highest labour-absorbing sectors of the country. “They support the goals of the Tourism Business Council of SA’s strategy to double the number of international tourists by 2030 and so create around 2 million jobs directly and indirectly. Wine and food tourism, especially, has the potential to contribute to this goal.”
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