Franschhoek Wine Valley

Franschhoek Awarded Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service of the Year, for a second year

In an awards ceremony held last night at Leipzig Country House in Worcester, the Franschhoek Wine Valley was awarded, for the second year in a row, the title of Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service (LTA) of the Year, at the annual Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards. And the cherry on the cake was an additional award for the Valley’s annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which was awarded as the best Tourism Related Event of the Year.

The prestigious and highly sought after award is bestowed upon a Local Tourism Association (LTA) or privately run tourist or visitor information service that best promotes the town in its respective geographical area, providing visitors with the best local experience possible. Furthermore, nominees had to demonstrate a comprehensive approach to increasing tourism revenue into the region.

The judging panel took note of the fact that the Franschhoek Wine Valley devised and executed its Brand Franschhoek marketing strategy successfully by using all elements of the Marketing Mix. These elements included Research and Statistical Analysis, Website, e-Marketing and Social Media, Events and Festivals, Sponsorships, Tradeshows and Exhibitions, including Explore Franschhoek Tour Operator Workshop, CRM and database utilization, as well as PR and media campaigns.

Besides producing the promotional printed collateral such as brochures, route maps, flyers, their specialist team was able to produce innovative products, some of which are unique in the Cape Winelands, utilizing the latest technology.  Innovative tourism products include a mobile website with a GPS proximity facility for use on Smart phones, a QR code to access their website by scanning from an iPad or Smart phone, an online brochure accessible via their website, an online accommodation as well as a loyalty card programme to promote retail business in the region.

With regards to local economic development, they have a dedicated staff member focusing on the upliftment of the community which includes amongst others tourism hospitality training, youth development drama projects, a Youth Ambassador programme, Farm Worker of the Year, and Cellar worker training programmes. Through the grant-in-aid from Stellenbosch Municipality, and donations for events from the Cape Winelands District Municipality the association has been able to extend the reach of their tourism projects with the local community.

As added awareness the Franschhoek Wine Valley holds festivals throughout the year including those in low season, all of which have become social calendar highlights. These festivals include the Franschhoek Literary Festival, Cook Franschhoek, Franschhoek Bastille Festival, Franschhoek Summer and Winter Wines, Franschhoek Uncorked and the Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival.  During low season the Valley also offers four Mystery Weekend packages which, together with the festivals, increase feet and revenue into the Valley significantly.

‘We are once again humbled and honoured to receive these prestigious awards, and as a team who works hard at delivering on these criteria, we continue to keep Franschhoek and its offerings top of mind’, comments Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.

 

Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za