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GETTING TO KNOW JOZI’S NEWEST COCKTAIL AND CULINARY DELIGHT ‘OBSCURA’

Joburg, check this out – a new hangout spot has opened its doors. Obscura, a high-end cocktail bar and restaurant, recently opened in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The establishment aims to offer an exceptional drinking and dining experience through unique cocktails, tapas-style cuisine, and distinctive decor. Their signature cocktails and rotating food menus change periodically to keep offerings fresh. 

The decor features colourful graffiti and art pieces to cultivate a sophisticated yet casual ambiance. A private room called the Dali Room is available by reservation. 

‘At OBSCURA we pride ourselves on creating the best hospitality experience for all our patrons, making them feel like guests in our home rather than customers. Our team goes the extra mile to ensure that every ‘guest’ receives impeccable service in an intimate and welcoming environment,’ stated co-owner George Hunter.

 OBSCURA is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 12 midday to midnight, and can currently comfortably accommodate up to 100 guests, providing an intimate yet lively setting for patrons. 

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TRAVELLING FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Travelling can sometimes be a bit stressful especially if you’re just starting out. Those  seeking to discover the joys of independent travel may find themselves uncertain of how to begin effectively organising their trip. The travel consultants at Seamless Travel Agency are pleased to offer the following recommendations for first-timers to facilitate a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience:

Best places to go for first-time travellers (locally or internationally)

For local trips, we recommend a self-drive that’s 2-3 hours away in the mountains. That way you avoid flights and just need to book a place to stay. 

For international trips, look at places you don’t need a visa for. Countries that require visas often doubt first-time travellers and rejecting visas happens a lot. Getting rejected really messes with your international travel plans.

When deciding to travel, what are some of the things you need to consider?

Weather greatly impacts travel plans. Can you imagine booking a vacation to Mauritius only to have it rain the whole time? That would ruin everything. Also, it’s cheaper to avoid travelling during big holidays, school breaks, and long weekends. Lots of people book way ahead for those dates, so last minute costs can be crazy high if you go then.

Tips for solo travellers?

For individuals embarking on their initial solo trip abroad, we’d really recommend signing up for a guided tour. That way someone else has already taken care of planning your whole itinerary. You don’t have to stress about finding your way around in an unfamiliar place where you might not speak the language. A tour guide will take you everywhere you need to go and explain everything, so you can just relax and enjoy your trip!

What are the advantages of booking a trip through a travel agency?

For first-time travellers, we wouldn’t recommend trying to do it all on your own. There’s just so much that can go wrong when you’re booking travel for the first time. Trips involve many variables that could potentially go awry. Something as minor as misspelling a name or confusing Venice, Italy with Venice Beach in Miami can result in significant unnecessary expenses when arranging travel. 

A travel agent does this for a living, so they know all the little details that can save you a ton of hassle and money. Things like catching a misspelt name before it causes problems at the airport. So, yes it’s definitely worth talking to a professional the first time you plan a vacation, just to make sure everything goes smoothly. They’ve seen all the possible pitfalls and can help you avoid them.

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EVENT WORLD WITH FAIZEL DAVIDS

Faizel has over 20 years experience in retail and hospitality. He’s travelled a lot to gather experiences and ideas for events. We sat down with him to chat about his journey in the business so far and how much he enjoys bringing all that he’s learned to each new event he works on. Really seems to have a passion for what he does!

So you started David & CO, a leading bespoke events company. How did you get into the events industry in the first place? What made you want to start your own events company?

I was an investment diamond consultant for Browns Jewellers but one of my clients thought I’d be good at event planning. In 2018 we had coffee and he invited me to head up a project at Birchwood, where I brought my unique skills to the events team. After getting laid off in 2020 due to COVID, a new business partnership didn’t work out. That’s when I started my own company, David & CO, but couldn’t rely on my old Birchwood contacts.

I reached out to Offlimit Communications and they gave me my first big project with the Coca Cola Christmas campaign, even though I didn’t really know what I was doing. That’s how David & CO got started and we’re still going strong today.

You’ve worked with some of the biggest clients including Coca Cola, Sunbet and Konka. What would you say was your best event so far? 

My favourite event was the first Konka summer tour. It was held at Thaba Echo and it was my biggest event ever. I led the team really well and that’s where I met Anuq Wilson from Offlimit Communications. She changed everything because she believed in me. She gave me tons of projects. So the Konka tour was definitely my best event!

What skills do you think are necessary for being an event planner?

It’s important to plan your day and stay organised. Based on working with Anuq Wilson, I’ve learned that you need to write everything down – whether it’s in a structure, spreadsheet, or list. Make sure to follow your plan step-by-step from start to finish.

That brings up a good point because we often see the terms “event planning” and “event management”. What’s the difference?

David & CO’s point of difference is that we always make sure clients get what they want, which everyone says they do. But we do it with passion and fun. We see our offices as an extension of the client’s event. When you’re having fun and enjoying what you do, I guarantee the client will feel that happiness in the project too.

What advice would you give someone who is considering being an event planner? 

As an event planner, the best advice I have is to always check availability before presenting to clients. Don’t tell them you have 100 yellow tables if you only have two available that day. Make sure to verify what you have, lock it in for the event date, give the client a lead time, and don’t over promise what you can’t deliver. Always under promise and over deliver.

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SEAMLESS TRAVEL WITH JEFFREY NKUNA

Planning a new trip can be overwhelming, with lots of research to do. This is where Seamless Travel Agency comes in – they specialise in crafting unique trips tailored to each customer. Whether you want an exotic adventure or relaxing getaway, Seamless plans every detail so your travel is stress-free. Jeffrey Nkuna, the marketing director at Seamless, shares insights into travel trends and solutions.

Travel can be tricky – it’s easy to get lost, miss flights or book the wrong hotel. How does Seamless Travel help make trips stress-free and enjoyable?

Our team is insanely dedicated to training, from managers all the way down to new hires. We’re obsessed with always staying up to date on destinations and systems through constant pop-up trainings. That’s why clients feel so well-taken care of when talking to us compared to other travel agencies – our people are always learning.

What do you think are some of the mistakes travel agencies make and how to avoid them!

Many travel agencies don’t invest in staff education. They don’t provide trips for employees to experience destinations firsthand. This is a missed opportunity, as it would help staff better understand places and improve their work. Hands-on learning from trips could boost employee skills and benefit the business.

Travel agencies have to work hard to earn customer loyalty these days. With so many discounts and offers available online, it’s not easy to get people to choose you over the competition –  How easy is it to earn customer loyalty when customers have various options and bargains over the internet?

It’s not easy gaining new customers’ trust, with all the scams out there. You have to go above and beyond to get someone to spend with you the first time. But if you give a great deal and even better service, then they’ll keep coming back. Travellers especially stay loyal if you show your skills at finding deals and expertise. Treat people right that first time, and they’ll become lifelong clients.

Moreover, with easy access to information over the internet, travellers no longer depend on travel agents for their travel plans. How important is it for Travel agencies to provide information that is not generic and easily accessible on the internet? 

So you’ve seen those scams online about winning the lottery, right? People don’t always trust giving their info out over the internet, especially for big once-in-a-lifetime things they can’t afford like a honeymoon, proposal, big birthday bash, or job offer abroad. Best to chat with a travel agent face-to-face instead. That way you know they do this for work, and if anything goes wrong, you have someone to blame! Travel agents want to keep their good reputations too.

Finally, what type of Travellers/ customer does Seamless travel cater to?

Seamless Travel caters to both leisure and business travellers. We help people leaving South Africa with their travel plans – whether you’re young or old, we offer help booking trips 24/7.

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Presents: The Polo Extravaganza – Where Luxury Gallops to Victory 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label will host an evening polo event on June 2, 2024 in South Africa. The event promises to be a spectacle of sophistication and skill, attracting polo enthusiasts, celebrities and connoisseurs. Against the backdrop of the Inanda Polo Club, guests will enjoy an unforgettable experience curated by Johnnie Walker Blue Label featuring the matches on the field and exclusive VIP lounges. Guests can sample Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky known for its rich flavours and craftsmanship.

“I’m thrilled to welcome consumers to an unparalleled experience at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Polo event. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the bottle, as we curate an atmosphere where luxury, sport, and sophistication converge. It is our delight to set the stage for an unforgettable journey, where every moment embodies the essence of our iconic brand.” said Senior Brand Manager at Johnnie Walker SA, Keval Ramraj.

As the sun sets, the celebration continues with bespoke experiences like whisky tastings, cocktail masterclasses and live entertainment, giving guests a chance to revel in luxury. 

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SYRINGA PARK – EXPERIENCE THIS NEW LIFESTYLE VENUE