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July 30, 2012

Locals show they know Cape Town best with #LoveCapeTown

@velvetescape tweeted this pic while on his way to Robben Island – just one of the many suggestions received from locals as part of the #LoveCapeTown chat.

Cape Town Tourism hosted its first twitter chat on Sunday, July 29, and Capetonians proved that they know their beloved city best, when thousands suggested what the iAmbassador travel bloggers should do while in the Mother City. The chat was to welcome the four renowned international travel bloggers Cape Town Tourism are hosting. The bloggers will explore Cape Town and act as digital spokespersons for Cape Town. 

Cape Town Tourism tapped into the strength of word of mouth for suggestions for the iAmbassadors by posing various questions related to food and drink, nature and the outdoors, and culture and heritage in Cape Town and the answers streamed in. The chat was used to crowdsource ideas and formulate itineraries for the bloggers. Some of the highlights that were shared will inform their exploration itineraries while in the Mother City. 

It is believed that more than 145 000 impressions were made during the chat with use of the hashtag #LoveCapeTown, and, in the past 24 hours, the 1 500 tweets generated 13 521 392 impressions, reaching an audience of 623 041 followers. 

Capetonians urged the iAmbassadors to try traditional Cape Malay food, go kayaking between whales, take the Southern Route train and dive with sharks. Other suggestions included local museums, township and cycle tours. Our New7Wonder of Nature also received many mentions with followers urging the bloggers to either hike, bike, run or take the cable car to the peak. 

@CapeTown showed support for a "wonderful social media initiative by Cape Town Tourism" by curating the tweets. You can view the full curation here: www.rebelmouse.com/lovecapetown

Take a look at the questions and just some of the answers that were provided during last night's twitter chat: 

1. Which typical Cape Town dish should our bloggers not miss while they are here?

@iziko_museums: Fish and chips on a bench at Hout Bay harbour, curry bunnies, a BIG Gatsby, Malva pudding and koeksisters.

@tamarajeanwhite: Samoosas and half moons ... Gotta #LoveCapeTown!

@carbonsmart: If the Mother City herself were a dish, she'd be champagne sundowners on Clifton beach. #LoveCapeTown sunset in winter!

2. Cape Town's weather in winter offers the best of all seasons. Which outdoor places and spaces, make you #LoveCapeTown in winter?

@aiBester: On a clear winter's day, you can walk snake-free from Green Point along footpath above Sea Point all the way to Clifton #LoveCapeTown

@se7en_hoods: Hike to the top of the world: Silvermine, Table Mtn, Lion's Head… and plenty of places to warm up in the city below after. #LoveCapeTown

@jessytravel: #Green Point Urban Park, such BEAUTY!! #LoveCapeTown, you MUST visit PLEASE!!

@TankiEm: The Cape Point Nature Reserve. One of the things I miss when I'm away. #LoveCapeTown

3. What are the best adventure activities to be done in Cape Town?

@MichMac5: Enjoy a 360-degree view of mountain and sea from the tallest cast-iron lighthouse in South Africa at Slangkop, Kommetjie. #LoveCapeTown

@skyegrove: Winter is the time for surfing and adrenalin pursuits such as paragliding, abseiling, helicopter flips and skydiving #LoveCapeTown

@escapetothecape: Shark cage diving and paragliding are my clients' favourite #LoveCapeTown

4. How can the bloggers learn the most about our history as a city and nation during their short stay?

@kilaryalex: Take a walk through the streets of the central city. It's a rich tapestry of the city's history #LoveCapeTown

@iziko_museums: The Sendinggestig Museum, 40 Long Street, housed in an old slave chapel built by the South African Missionary Society. #LoveCapeTown

@carbonsmart: Join #moonlightmass, visit markets, ride train, speak to bloggers, do city walkabout, watch and listen. #LoveCapeTown

@mshoneybeeCT: Speak to as many people as possible. There is no such thing as a typical Capetonian :) #LoveCapeTown

@hilaryalex: Visit the District 6 Museum in the @FringeDistrict.

@aridearth: Read up on some local Cape Town history via @ReclaimCamissa #LoveCapeTown

@futurecapetown: I think the Slave Museum covers a part of Cape Town's history often ignored, but a CT stadium tour would be cool! #LoveCapeTown

@leeyon_j: District 6 Museum, any of @Iziko_Museums and def a township tour! #LoveCapeTown

5. What are your favourite people-watching spots in Cape Town?

@zilevandamme: Long Street Cafe, Bascule and Neighbourhood #LoveCapeTown

@OneKCollection: Walk the side streets of #woodstock, talk to the people and listen to the stories. #LoveCapeTown

@SarahDuff: I love the Sea Point Promenade for people watching – get an ice cream and get a feel for CT's most cosmopolitan area #LoveCapeTown

@saschatherabbit: People watch over coffee at Vida, Jason's, Clarke's and Giovannis #LoveCapeTown

@AllisonFloat: Top of Table Mountain. Fab wacky tourist watching opps! ;-) #LoveCapeTown. The contour path under Table Mt – a fab walk

@Christiefynn: Biscuit Mill in Woodstock – what an interesting and quirky crowd! #LoveCapeTown

6. Nobody knows Cape Town like the locals. What is your favourite hidden gem in the Mother City?

@WesleyCloete: The Brass Bell on a Sunday afternoon, Sunday Summer sunset concerts at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Cafe Paradiso, Chandani, Don Pedro's, Dinner and a show at the Baxter #LoveCapeTown

@alsoJudith: Head off the path at Cape Point to a place marked Venus Pools (Mermaid Pool?). Feels like you're on the edge of the world #LoveCapeTown

@PakamaSportT: The beautiful garden at Rust en Vreugd Museum, 78 Buitenkant Street, to relax in during a busy day #LoveCapeTown

@StefanLuka: A few cool picnic spots along the Chapman's Peak drive for a sunset with a foodie bag and a bottle or two of good wine #LoveCapeTown

Who are the iAmbassadors?

Keith Jenkins (@velvetescape) shares his experiences with upward of 15 000 twitter followers and blogs about his journeys at velvetescape.com.

With more than 86 000 twitter followers Melvin Böcher (@traveldudes) is the founder of traveldudes.org, a website that exchanges travel tips and insider information.

Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) is a culture and adventure traveller who takes more than 21 000 twitter followers  along on her global wanderings. She also co-produces an online magazine wildjunket.com.

Adventure traveller Matt Long (@landlopers) shares his adrenaline moments with more than 15 000 twitter followers and has a blog of the same name Landlopers.com. He also blogs for  Lonely Planet

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