Archive for July, 2010
South Africa was the international flavour month (or the year) with the hosting of Africa’s first and an immensely successful World Cup.
This ‘flavour of the month’ tag gave rise to greater wine exports, especially to counties with strong soccer interests. This is according to Su Birch , CEO of WOSA.
She indicated that exports of South African wines have been boosted by the international spotlight on South Africa as a result of hosting the World Cup.
She added that there had been “a marked increase in sales” in countries with a strong interest in soccer even before the event began. “For the six months to the end of June the volumes of packaged wines exported to Germany rose by an impressive 50 percent,”she said.
“Wine exports to the US, which bought more tickets to attend the games than any other country, increased by 32 percent. Sales in Canada, Finland, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland all achieved double-digit growth.”
She said other developments had been a 33 percent growth in exports to Japan and a more than doubling of sales to the United Arab Emirates and China, although from a smaller base.
I think it is great that the world is beginning to realise that SA is producing excellent wines and that iconic SA wines brands like Kumkani is getting the praise it deserves.
Keep Flying is a simple idea. An idea that matters. And an idea that belongs to all of us .It believes that its all of our responsibility to fly the flag. Every South African Brand; Every South African, and to recognize what the flag symbolizes: Us, and our unity.
A unity that brought the World’s Greatest Tournament to life in a way only we could. A unity that still reverberates across continents a world away. A unity that says to the world, and ourselves: “Hear us, each one of us, as one. Our time has truly come”
For more info on this initiative visit: keepflyingtheflag.co.za
South Africa has received praises from all over for hosting an amazing World Cup. It is great to read about journalists, politicians and tourists raving about our county and what we have achieved.
One such a feel good article was published in the Vanity Fair and here is what Austin Merrill had to say about the World Cup.
“But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s pause for a minute and offer a nod to the 2010 host. South Africa spent much of the past few years fending off criticism and doubt—the country didn’t have the technology or sophistication to host the planet’s largest sports event; crime rates were too high; security would be too lax; infrastructure wouldn’t be up to par. There were rumors that FIFA was formulating a plan to move the tournament elsewhere. An attack by separatist rebels at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January even had some people afraid that South Africa might fall victim to similar violence and bloodshed.
None of these fears were borne out. South Africa stood up to the challenge of hosting the World Cup and did so with flair and exuberance. The stadiums were gorgeous and mostly full, restaurants and shops did banner business, and the locals continued to embrace the games after their beloved Bafana Bafana were knocked out.
Merrill concluded by writing : “The ten days I spent at the tournament went off without a hitch. The only down side was that ten days weren’t nearly enough—my time there went by in a blur.”
The iconic and uniquely South African wine brand , Kumkani, congratulates and thank everyone who made an effort the make this World Cup so special.
The World Cup has brought many foreign visitors to our beautiful country and it seems that the South African tourism industry did exceptionally well in entertaining and accommodating the guests.
So it comes as no surprise that South Africa cleaned up at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa, winning 36 awards out of the total 49 categories.
For the sixth time in seven years the city of Cape Town was named Africa’s leading destination. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, South African Tourism the Continent’s leading tourism board and Durban harbour the leading port.
Cape Town, South Africa’s most-visited destination, regularly receives international accolades for its attractions. This year it joined Paris, London, New York and Venice as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most beautiful cities in the world.
The iconic South African wine brand, Kumkani , salutes all the people in the hospitality and tourism industries who helped to make Africa’s World Cup the best ever.
World Cup fever has spread all over South Africa as South Africans celebrated this once in a lifetime event.
Upload your proudly South African World Cup photos, to our Facebook page , and stand a chance to win wine prizes.
The hosting of Africa’s World Cup has gained praises from all over as people are extremely impressed by the organising of this world class event. But now it is time for Africa to showcase their best soccer talent , as Ghana tries to keep the continent’s hope alive in the competition.
South Africans are rallying support for the Black Stars of Ghana who will face Uruguay in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Iconic South African wine brand , Kumkani, embraces the African culture and heritage and we support Ghana in their efforts to become the world champions