CEO's Blog

CEO Blog - Safety First

October 18, 2013

As the summer season approaches, I have been reflecting on Cape Town Tourism’s part in making this summer a safe, successful one. Our number one priority is to ensure that visitors from near and far are cared for, listened to, assisted and inspired but we are also here for our members; not just in the unfortunate instance of a tragedy or incident, we are here to refer visitors to the services, accommodation, experiences and entertainment that our members provide.

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CEO Blog - Responsible Tourism

September 12, 2013

September is a month of intense activity at Cape Town Tourism. Not only is it Tourism Month,  which naturally comes with reflection on the role of tourism, but it’s also a month in which we focus on Responsible Tourism. An area of tourism development that is always at the centre of our planning, Responsible Tourism is vital to the social and economic sustainability of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

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From the CEO Enver Duminy

August 28, 2013

Becoming the CEO of an organisation like Cape Town Tourism is a bit like becoming a new parent. That mixture of awe, responsibility, fascination and excitement arrives all at once with many good wishes and lots of new equipment to become familiar with but quite soon the hype dies down and the rest of your life begins. Here I am at the beginning.

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From the CEO: Indaba 2013 highlights and trends

May 20, 2013

Heritage and culture, responsible tourism, technology, new markets and integrating the tourism products of Africa were the headline topics for Cape Town at INDABA 2013. This year’s trade show attracted more than 13 000 visitors over the four-day period, and proved to be one of the most successful and connected INDABA trade shows yet.

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Talking Tourism – Annual Tourism Statistics 2012

April 25, 2013

This morning President Jacob Zuma released some encouraging figures on the growth of tourism from South Africa’s Annual Tourism Statistics 2012. The report revealed that a total of 9 188 368 international tourists visited South Africa in 2012. This was 10.2% more than the 8 339 354 tourists in 2011.

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From the CEO: National Geographic – a year later

April 09, 2013

One of the greatest legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was the awareness created around South Africa’s cities – for the first time, many would-be travellers from around the world realised that South Africa has more to offer than beauty and wildlife.

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The future of trade shows and exhibitions

March 18, 2013

Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, shares her views on the future of trade shows and exhibitions.

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ITB Berlin 2013 mirrors increasingly dynamic trends in the global travel industry

March 08, 2013

Cape Town Tourism was one of 10,000 exhibitors from 188 countries doing tourism business at the Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) Berlin. The ITB Berlin Convention, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has grown into the world’s largest travel trade show, featuring leading international speakers and analysts. Cape Town Tourism attended the ITB Convention to bring the newest and most relevant trends and developments back to the local industry in Cape Town.

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Cape Town’s journey towards greater sustainability

March 08, 2013

Known around the globe as a place of beauty, Cape Town has exceptional diversity in a small geographic area, making it both vulnerable to the impact of tourism, but also perfectly positioned to use responsible tourism to ensure a more sustainable destination that balances the fragile environment with meaningful people centred experiences that drive real economic benefit for the city and its people.

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