CEO's Blog

From the CEO - An Update on Visa Regulations from Minister Gigaba

February 27, 2015

Home Affairs Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba, addressed a gathering at the Cape Town Press Club about the Department’s recent visa changes.

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From the CEO - Signing Off on 2014

December 11, 2014

It’s been a challenging year for many of us; determined particularly by the socio-political and economic climate, not to mention some of the environmental issues we have had to face. And still – tourism endures, with forecasts for Summer 2014/15 remaining positive. It has also been an exciting year for Cape Town; being globally recognised as one of the world’s favourite destinations – with a particular focus on value-for-money and our friendly locals.

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From the CEO: Keeping our Visitors Safe this Holiday Season

November 11, 2014

As the festive season rolls around this year, I can’t help but feel that it’s been the shortest, busiest, year in memory. As an industry, we have experienced a roller coaster of challenges. Several members have reported significant cancellations linked to fears over Ebola and we are still not sure what the overall impact of this will be. Our recent Cape Town Tourism member survey did show that despite our challenges, the industry felt positive about the forthcoming holiday period.

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From the CEO - Our Year in Yellow

October 20, 2014

Cape Town’s year as World Design Capital is drawing to a close and soon we will pass the baton to Taipei who will be holding the title in 2016. Beyond the calendar, World Design Capital is not just about events and happenings. In fact, it is the beginning of something new and exciting for all of us.

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From the CEO - Unpacking the Confusion

September 16, 2014

Cape Town has again taken home the title of the Best Destination in Africa in the World Travel Awards and it is this recognition we are celebrating as we move towards another busy season.

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From the CEO - Making Tourism Month Count

August 19, 2014

Looking back at the changes 20 years of democracy have brought this city, it has become apparent that tourism has played a pivotal role not only in developing jobs and skills but also in fulfilling our potential as an exciting cultural hub: a city intent on redesigning itself to overcome a devastating legacy.

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From the CEO – What to Do with Winter

July 15, 2014

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.

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From the CEO - Love Your Winter

June 13, 2014

New York and London are not seasonal destinations. No one considers the weather when the offering is a rich cultural, urban spectacle. Cape Town is chasing them up the lists!

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From the CEO – Mobility in Action

May 16, 2014

We have a new addition to our family! In an exciting first for Cape Town (as well as a first on the African continent), Cape Town Tourism has launched a mobile information centre that will be meeting visitors and locals where ever they are.

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From the CEO – The Gift of Freedom

April 22, 2014

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.

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