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October 28, 2010

Cape Town makes visitor safety a priority this summer season

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Cape Town’s busy summer season is fast approaching and tourism authorities are gearing up for an upturn in business. An influx of tourists is expected on the back of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and the city is looking forward to welcoming visitors from South Africa and the rest of the world.

The Mother City is one of the most desirable and memorable cities in the world. The city successfully played host to visitors from around the world during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and was recently named the world’s fifth most desirable city and top city in Africa and the Middle East in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

In anticipation of the arrival of local and international holidaymakers, Cape Town has made visitor safety a priority.

Authorities have identified key sites for intensified patrols, including all areas of Table Mountain National Park. In addition to coordinating daily mountain patrols throughout the year, South African National Parks conducts weekly meetings with the South African Police Force in Hout Bay, Sea Point, Rondebosch, Claremont and the city centre. The organisation has various security programmes in place, including visible policing and roving patrols, surveillance and monitoring.

Says Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold: “As always a key area of concern is the safety of our tourists. We are appealing to the public to extend the hospitality we showed visitors during the World Cup, by being vigilant around tourism safety.”

Capetonians are asked to assist in warning tourists about the dangers of walking around with obvious valuables on their person and to steer them away from walking around alone after dark. Residents can also assist the police by reporting any suspicious activity around tourist sites.

Cape Town Tourism urges travellers to:

• Avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables in plain sight
• Not leave belongings unattended
• Heed the advice of their hosts on the more dangerous parts of town
• Not walk alone at night and take special precaution at lonely lookout points, especially at dusk or after dark
• Not allow strangers to assist in any way at cash points
• Refrain from giving beggars money
• Park in secure, well-lit areas at night
• Keep photocopies of all valuable documents in a safe place

To report any incidents, visitors can call the following numbers:

• All emergencies from your mobile phone: 112
• All emergencies from a landline: 107
• South African Police Force Flying Squad: 10111

Cape Town Tourism supports a provincial visitor safety programme and works in close partnership with local and provincial authorities, the tourism industry and the police to ensure the safety of visitors.

Tour operators and visitors are welcome to liaise with Cape Town Tourism should they have any questions or concerns or require special assistance. Please contact info@capetown.travel for more information.

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