Seasonality has long been a thorn in the side of Cape Town’s hospitality sector. The impact of empty guest houses and unbooked tours is far reaching, hitting not only the pockets of business owners and those employed by the business, but also affecting the satellite businesses that depend on vibrant visitor numbers.Read more
Twenty years ago, I was legally allowed to vote for the first time. It is encouraging that today the idea that I was once forbidden seems so inconceivable as to be ridiculous, but I would like to pause and reflect for a moment.
Back then the only visitors to Cape Town were the ‘Vaalies’, and whilst we still welcome the regular return of our Gauteng visitors, a growing kaleidoscope of visitors from across the world are streaming into our city.Read more
The peak season is starting to subside. We are beginning to look forward to a more mellow and measured season of events and national holidays over the next few months. These ‘breathing’ months are critical to any business as a time for analysis and planning for the next busy season.Read more
It’s been a better summer season for many of us compared to last year. The city is humming with visitors. The bars, restaurants, attractions and malls doing brisk trade as people from across the world (and our own country) discover destination Cape Town. Whilst many of these visitors had been planning their holidays ahead of the currency bonanza, it is clear that many travellers are choosing Cape Town because their money means much more here this season.Read more
2014 has begun and Cape Town is now officially World Design Capital. The year got off to a spectacular start as 80 000 spectators witnessed a show of lights and music on Cape Town’s Grand Parade to usher in our World Design Capital year.Read more
For the first time since 2010, the Mother City is hosting an international football tournament; The Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 is set to kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony (themed ‘Celebrating Africa’s Home Champions’) at 16:00 on Saturday 11 January 2014, at the Cape Town Stadium.Read more
All indications are that our summer season if off to a good start. The passing of Madiba and the subsequent period of mourning meant that the holiday mood has really only set in the first days of this week, but our partners in tourism are saying that business is now in full swing with some reporting an unusually early influx of international visitors in what is traditionally regarded as more of a key time for domestic visitors.Read more