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Muizenberg beach huts – Flickr pic of the day

Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member I love beachhuts captured this image of the popular beach at Muizenberg. She says, “The brightly painted beach huts at Muizenberg often feature in fashion shoots and I can see why. I first encountered the beach huts and Muizenberg in the 1970s when I was fortunate to live there for several years. The beach huts, and Muizenberg, captured my heart and I still have a soft spot for this suburb’s faded beauty with its eclectic collection of residents.”

Cape Town transport system gets an overhaul

Work on Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transport system progresses on the edge of Paarden Eiland, alongside the N1 freeway, photo courtesy Warren Rohner The City of Cape Town’s transportation system is getting faster, safer and more convenient, thanks to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Phase one is to be completed by March, in time for the 2010 World Cup. The BRT system is part of Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system, which aims to transform the entire transport system by radically improving customer service, according to the City of Cape Town website.

Cape Town wins global Responsible Tourism Award

Cape Town won the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the Best Destination category The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that Cape Town has won the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the Best Destination category. The award was presented to Executive Deputy Mayor Alderman Ian Neilson, on behalf of the City of Cape Town, at an awards ceremony on World Responsible Tourism Day – November 11 – at the World Travel Market in London.

Festive lights to set the scene for 2010 Final Draw

Adderley Street festive lights, photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe As thousands of soccer dignitaries and journalists prepare to visit Cape Town for the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on December 4, the City of Cape Town has focused on a soccer theme for this year’s festive lights in the city centre.

Jazz at the V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

The V&A Waterfront, where this photo of jazz musicians was taken, is situated in the heart of the Mother City’s working harbour and set against the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain. This shot was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gaby Gang aka cosmopolitan photography. The Waterfront’s many buskers – ranging from African performers to jugglers to jazz musicians – add to the vibe of South Africa’s most-visited tourist destination.

Judges trumpet vuvuzela-inspired light

Vuvuzela lighting design by John Edwards A lighting design inspired by South Africa’s iconic vuvuzela has won a top award for John Edwards, a 24-year-old University of Cape Town School of Architecture student. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, November 5, at the Green Point outlet of Weylandts home store, which will manufacture and sell the winning design.

Long street party venue for Final Draw

The recent success of the Loerie Awards bodes well for December 4. Photo by Anita van Zyl Cape Town Central City will have over 700 000 million international eyes on it later this year when it becomes the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw on 4 December. Festivities for the event, however, will already begin a week earlier with the traditional turning on of the Adderley Street festival lights on Sunday 29 November – this year with a theme appropriate to the year that lies ahead.

Cape Town bids the Citi farewell

The Volkswagen Citi Golf, the iconic hatchback, will say farewell to Cape Town on November 20 after 25 years of providing reliable transportation to thousands of South Africans. The Citi has its origins in the Golf 1, which was introduced to the South African market in 1978. Since the Golf 1’s launch 31 years ago, Volkswagen South Africa has sold more than 500 000 models – of which the Citi, which hit our streets in 1984, accounts for almost 380 000.

Guy Fawkes in Blaauwberg – Flickr pic of the day

Capetonians were treated to spectacular fireworks displays on Guy Fawkes night (November 5). The Blaauwberg Beach extravaganza was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grea Wessels aka Grieks.  Grea says, “It was a great night out looking at the Guy Fawkes fireworks in Blaauwberg. This is one of the most colourful ones I caught of the fireworks and the many people who seem to be enjoying it.”

Cape Town Military Tattoo

The Cape coastline is one of the city’s biggest attractions and bears testament to its rich nautical and military history. Cape Town has a reputation as being a cosmopolitan, creolised port city, starting with the original inhabitants, the Xhosa, Khoi and San, to the onset of colonialism with first Portuguese, then Dutch, French and British rule. In the 18th century, 63 000 slaves from Madagascar, India, Malaysia and Mozambique were brought to Cape Town, adding to the melting pot of cultures and modern history that is reflected in the stories, characters and architecture of the Mother City.

World Travel Market turns 30

The World Travel Market, the world’s biggest travel trade show, turned 30 this year. Basically, the market is about countries (and sometimes really big cities, like New York), selling themselves and their tourism experiences to travel companies and the media (particularly on the first day of the four-day fair) from around the world.

Cape Town ready to welcome the world at World Travel Market

Photo courtesy Tara Turkington Cape Town Tourism is showing the world what we’re made of at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) in London until November 12, 2009. The World Travel Market is a business-to-business event where international travel industry members can meet, communicate and do business.

Cape Town tells its stories at Spoken Word Festival

Singer and songwriter Keeno-Lee Hector will perform at the Spoken Word Festival in Cape Town Feed your soul with musical poetry at the Spoken Word Festival at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre from November 17 to 21, 2009. The festival will showcase poetry, comedy and storytelling. Audiences can look forward to beat-box masters backing poetry, interesting collaborations and musicians who tell lyrical tales as well as enthralling social commentary.

Camps Bay – Flickr pic of the day

One of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Camps Bay is the place to see and be seen in the Mother City. Sivan Miller, one of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members, captured this beautiful shot. “The tidal pool in Camps Bay is one of my favourite places to shoot,” says Sivan. “Usually it reflects the clouds and makes for an amazing composition!”

Table Mountain must woo the world to secure a New 7 Wonders spot

Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the Swiss-registered New7Wonders Foundation, photo courtesy Splash PR Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the Swiss-registered New7Wonders Foundation, visited South Africa this past week for a site inspection of Table Mountain and to meet potential sponsors and stakeholders of the Table Mountain election campaign.

Travel trends: Africa’s on the up

The V&A Waterfront Africa has bucked global trends by being the only world region to have international tourist arrivals increase by 4% during the first eight months of the year. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s World Tourism Barometer, Africa is the only world region that held its own and recorded growth during the recent economic crisis. On the local front, Statistics South Africa released encouraging figures for the month of August, reporting that South Africa’s international arrivals were up 6,5% from the same month last year. Contributors to the positive statistics included increases in visitors coming from Italy (up 17,8%) and India (up 14,4%).

World Travel Market opens today in London

The World Travel Market (WTM) – the world’s biggest travel show – opened in London today. Now in its 30th year, the WTM is, according to its website, “a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof”. Alan Winde, minister of finance, economic development and tourism in the Western Cape, visited the Cape Town stand at the WTM.

Dream partnership launches first Central City Dream Event

Andrew Boraine, Chief Executive of the Cape Town Partnership (back, middle) shows his support for the Partnership’s Dreamfields Team. Photo by Anita van Zyl Following a typical Cape Town week of four seasons in five days, the organisers of the inaugural DreamEvent in Cape Town woke up with some trepidation to discover a sunny spring morning on 10 October – the perfect background against which to celebrate a day of soccer with The Dreamfields Project and its sponsors. The first of what is hoped will be a number of exciting soccer events in Cape Town Central City for previously disadvantaged children from around the Peninsula, Cape Town Partnership and the Central City Improvement District (CCID) joined The Dreamfields Projects for the first Central City DreamEvent, held at Cape Town High School. The event saw more than 150 primary school children from 10 primary schools (six girls’ and four boys’ schools), each sponsored either a Central City stakeholder or one of the Central City’s many supportive ‘neighbours’. Teams received full soccer kit from soccer balls to boots and team clothing for each team member.

Miller’s Point – Postcard from Paul

New departure terminal open – if you can bear to leave Cape Town

After many months of planning and construction, the new departure terminal at the Cape Town International Airport opened on Saturday (November 7, 2009).  As the 2010 FIFA World Cup draws closer and the upgrade to the airport surges ahead, the airport authorities have handled the demands of keeping air traffic, passengers and cargo moving while revamping the buildings and introducing new, world-class systems. For the last few months the new systems and processes have been put through their paces by airport staff, airlines, retailers and other businesses that operate at the airport in preparation for opening day.

Cape Town surfing – Flickr pic of the day

Anyone who has been on one of the many beautiful beaches in Cape Town will tell you that the beaches are a large part of what makes the Mother City so special. Scott Martin aka stickyak8, our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member who captured this image of boys surfing, would agree.

Llandudno sunset – Flickr pic of the day

Happiness is… moments like these on Llandudno beach, captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Leon Oosthuizen.

Green Point lighthouse – Flickr pic of the day

The Green Point lighthouse, captured here by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member John B aka moi_images, is the oldest active lighthouse in South Africa, having operated since 1824.

Whatever term you use, Benni’s back

Photo courtesy Chris Kirchhoff Brilliant, brash, fat, troublemaker, clinical, excellent, a natural finisher, the hope of the nation or just a bit of a knob ... whatever term you use, the fact of the matter is that after eight months in the cold, in which he missed 13 matches including the entire FIFA Confederations Cup, Cape Town-born striker Benni McCarthy is back in the Bafana Bafana squad. Last appearing in a loss to Chile in Polokwane in February, Benni now returns to the international squad for a friendly against Japan on November 14.

Diving with Dolphins – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The spring southeaster is Cape Town’s harbinger of happiness, for it signifies that summer is finally here. From a diving perspective, it is fulfils another useful function: the wind is directly offshore and blows the dirty surface layer away. This is replaced by the ice-cold, crystal-clear water from the deep in a process known as “upwelling”. This nutrient-rich water is welcomed by the bait fish shoals, which are pursued by dolphins, snoek and game fish such as yellowtail. Following several days of a pumping southeaster, the water on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday, October 31 was about as good as it gets – 20m underwater visibility and a chilly 10°C.  

Llandudno beach – Flickr pic of the day

With a wealth of beautiful landscapes, Cape Town inspires moments of introspection as you gaze across the horizon – even in toddlers, it seems! This lovely photo was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec. Okada says, “I took a walk along Llandudno beach on a pleasant, sunny afternoon. Surfers were enjoying the waves, as usual, but what caught my eye was an adorable baby toddling around the shore. His pose was so cute it made my day!”

Guy Fawkes tonight, which means fireworks!

Photo courtesy sunsurfr Just to remind you what all the fuss is about, Guy Fawkes was the explosives expert in a group of English Catholics involved in the Gunpowder Plot. This was intended to overthrow the English Protestant King James I and to knock off as many members of the Protestant aristocracy as possible by blowing up barrels of gunpowder during the Opening of the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605. The plan went awry and ended gorily when the rebels were captured and a number executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered. Happily, South Africans don’t have to engage with the historical subject matter and can just enjoy the chance to legally set off fireworks and light bonfires.

Cape Town in line for international tourism award

St James Beach The City of Cape Town is delighted to be shortlisted for the Responsible Destination Award at this year’s prestigious Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, to be held at the World Travel Market in London. The awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony on World Responsible Tourism Day on November 11. Founded by responsibletravel.com in 2004, the awards recognise individuals, companies and organisations in the travel industry that are making a significant commitment to the cultures and economies of local communities and contributing positively to biodiversity conservation.

200 days to 2010 Soccer World Cup kick-off

Learn the diski dance with Cape Town Tourism In celebration of 200 days to kick-off, Cape Town Tourism will be teaching the famous diski dance at the Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront on Sunday November 22, 2009, from 14h00 to 16h00. Enjoy an afternoon of great Cape Town entertainment and stand a chance to win some Cape Town Tourism memorabilia in the diski dance contest. We are on the lookout for the best diski dancer on the day! No entrance fee is required.

Join the diski dance movement with Cape Town Tourism

Join the diski dance movement! The first monthly Cape Town Tourism public diski dance took place on Friday October 30 – and everyone was invited! Amanda, one of the dancers from the pop group CODA, was on hand to teach the steps. A large group of Cape Town Tourism staff joined in. Most of the marketing team, some members and a few staff from Hout Bay and even Muizenberg made their way to town.
 
 

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