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June 04, 2013

IATA spouses treated to tea on the mountain

The brightly painted Bo-Kaap homes are a favourite tourist attraction. Photo: Fazielah Williams

Spouses of delegates to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting (AGM) were treated to a trip up Table Mountain and a visit to the historical Bo-Kaap on Tuesday. And even though it was cloudy on the mountain, this did not stop them from experiencing Cape Town from on high.

The International Air Transport Association held its 69th AGM in Cape Town this week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The association represents 240 airlines, making up 84% of global air traffic.

More than 700 aviation leaders from around the world attended the AGM and World Transport Summit, which wrapped up on Tuesday. Items on the agenda included safety, environment, distribution and financial sustainability. And while aviation industry delegates were rounding off their meeting, their spouses were treated to a taste of the city courtesy of Cape Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town

Escape to the Cape tour guides and shuttles ferried the 80 spouses during their whistle-stop tour.

Visiting Table Mountain was high on their agenda, even though dense cloud covered the mountain. The group was taken on a tour of the mountain, where they not only learned about the significance of Table Mountain, but also some of the fascinating history of Cape Town, from slavery and forced removals to the unique geography of the city.

Following their chilly walk on the summit of the mountain, they were treated to tea and snacks in the aptly named Summit Lounge.

Their morning was rounded off by a stop in the Bo-Kaap to learn about this historical part of the city centre.

Getting to grips with the topography of Table Mountain. Photo: Lynnette Johns

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