Oyster Festival in Knysna, South Africa, with ARTEH(r)

Released on = July 13, 2007, 7:33 am

Press Release Author = Candice Machado

Industry = International Trade

Press Release Summary = Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa, an ARTEH® Hotel in Knysna,
South Africa hosted Charity Gala Evening during 2007's Oyster Festival. The Festival
brought 2 Weeks of Good Times, Great Food, Delicious Wine, Sport and Much More.

Press Release Body = Knysna's big annual festival has begun, ending, this year on
the 15th of July. Part of the surprising event Calendar was the participation of
Knysna's most luxurious spot, Pezula, on the 6th, the 7th, the 10th and the 12th.

From Arts & Crafts to Sports, Boat Shows, Exhibitions, Fun Fairs, Food and Wine and
other entertainment covered many areas from the Old Goal Maritime Museum to the
Belvidere Manor House, Waterfront Knysna Quays, Thesen's Jetty, Lorie Park, the
Heads and other locations along the picturesque beauty scenery of Knysna.

As in previous editions, the event played a very important role for the community by
raising Founds for Charity. Last year the largest contributions came from the Pick
'n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Pick 'n Pay Cape time Forest

This year's surprises included a Charity Gala Evening at Zachary's Restaurant at the
ARTEH® Hotel in Knysna, Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa, as well as the Wade Bales Wine
Festival, presented by Best Life at Pezula's Golf Club and Duesouth XTERRA at
Pezula's Field of Dreams.

For more information on Pezula Resort Hotel and SPA contact ARTEH® - Hotels and

About the Oyster Festival

By all accounts last year's Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival appears to have been
the best ever, in terms of both the numbers attending the festival and the size of
the program. According to co-ordinator Nicci Rousseau, some 58,000 people visited
Knysna over the 10 days of the event.

Says Rousseau: \"The increase in numbers was due to the introduction of 18 new events
to the programme as well as an increase in the number of participants in the sports

Figures show that this was probably the busiest the town has ever been during the
midweek period of the festival \"The weekends are traditionally very busy with the
two big races - the Pick 'n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Pick
'n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon,\" says Rousseau. \"The challenge has always been to
attract visitors during the week, and this year it seems to have worked.\"

A number of new midweek events drew pleasing crowds, including the Wade Bales Wine
Festival at Pezula, the Knsyna Sports Festival at Loerie Park, the Duesouth XTERRA
at Pezula which attracted 152 adventure athletes, the Simola Festival Nights and the
Knysna Funny Festival at Ashmead.

The introduction of the Tabasco Oyster Hot Spots was also a huge success, and had an
excellent response from visitors.

Said Rousseau: \"We were able to make fresh and cooked oysters available to our
visitors at excellent prices, and the response was fantastic, with participating
restaurants reporting a 20-40% increase in turnover this festival. In all there were
approximately 190,000 oysters consumed over the 10 days - during events, at
registration of events and in restaurants.

\"It was a fantastic festival with everybody working towards its success. The
festival management team, event managers, the community and the Municipality all
pulled together and the result was a great festive spirit in Knysna that everybody
picked up on.\"

CEO of Knysna Tourism, Craig Nancarrow, said that the vibe and community spirit
displayed at this year's festival was exhilarating and contributed significantly to
the success of the event, which is estimated to have injected some R50 million into
the local economy.

\"All Knysnarians took ownership of the festival this year and were proud to provide
information to visitors and participate in and enjoy the Festival. Knysna
experienced a fun 10 days of continuous activity complimented by perfect weather
making this year's festival the best ever,\" said Nancarrow.
Knysna's Executive Mayor, Dr Joy Cole said that she believes this Oyster Festival
has "surpassed everything we have done and experienced in Knysna before.

\"To me the most encouraging aspect was that the locals came out en masse to support
the festival and have fun! My thanks and appreciation to all festival organizers for
a job well done and also to the people of Knysna who have shown their support. We
will have work hard next year to outsmart our achievements of the 23rd Knysna Oyster

Source: Oyster Festival Official Website

Pezula Resort Hotel and SPA

Hidden away in a natural paradise of over 1,000 hectares in Knysna, on South
Africa\'s exquisite Garden Route, is the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, a luxury retreat
designed to maximize the contact with its surroundings and created in perfect
harmony with nature.

In the contemporary African style suites, the warmth of the textures of the wood and
stone can be felt. These earth tones and warm colours contrast with the greens and
blues that dominate the landscape. From the balconies, we see either Knysna lagoon,
the golf course or the Indian Ocean.

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The generous rooms and spacious suites are furnished with quality materials, refined
furniture and luxurious fabrics. All guestrooms offer views onto the busy port, the
vibrant yacht marina or the impressive Table Mountain.

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