CEO's Blog

CEO Blog - A Big Year for Cape Town and South Africa

January 14, 2014

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.

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CEO Blog - An African Soccer Treat is on our doorstep

January 09, 2014

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.

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CEO Blog - Cape Town on the Edge of 2014

December 31, 2013

We are hours away from the beginning of 2014. A significant year for all South African’s as we celebrate twenty years of democracy in our country.

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CEO Blog - Summer Season is a Go!

December 20, 2013

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.

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CEO Blog - A Day on the Beach and a Call for Legacy

December 11, 2013

On the 5th of December 2013, Cape Town Tourism team members Kirsti Lee November and Odwa Gushu accompanied about 40 children between the ages of 6 and 18 years old who had come from Touwsriver to Muizenberg beach as part of the Touwsriver NG Church Sunday School trip. Here is what our team had to say;

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CEO Blog - In service to the season

December 10, 2013

You may not ever read this. Chances are you’re going to be too busy attending to the needs of your guests, managing your staff and ensuring that the Cape Town visitors’ experience is the one they will return to time and time again. But, if you give me a minute, I would like to thank you.

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Coupons still available for Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated event at Cape Town Stadium

December 09, 2013

Cape Town’s own tribute to the late Nelson Mandela will take place at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 11 December 2013. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this event to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Tata Madiba.

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CEO Blog - Tata Madiba, Your Legacy Lives on in Cape Town

December 06, 2013

The sad loss of our father of freedom, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, is heavy in our hearts today.

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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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