The IDA Congress (October 24 to 27) is abuzz with the theme, Design at the Edges, deliberating the linkages between different design disciplines – specifically communication and urban and industrial design – and asking questions about connections between designers and non-designers.
Design is recognised as the global economic and social force to watch – the creative industry of the 21st century. In cities across the world, creative industries and knowledge economies are proven to expand employment and nation development, stimulating urban regeneration and quality of life – making cities better places to visit, work, study, live and invest in. Designing Cape Town to be a more liveable city is central to Cape Town’s World Design Capital bid theme of Live Design, Transform Life.Read more
The Cape Film Commission, the official government film agency in the Western Cape, has embarked on an initiative to brand Cape Town and the Western Cape as a “film friendly” destination and is seeking to partner with film festival organisers and tour operators, to promote film tourism, film festivals and the film industry in general.Read more
Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism CEO, responds to the closure of selected access roads to Table Mountain and Signal Hill at night.Read more
The world’s cities are the new tourism battleground.
It is imperative that we act decisively to attract a much more significant market share of the world’s biggest market; the urban traveller, which accounts for 70% of the world’s travellers.Read more
In response to an article posted by The Guardian on Sunday, October 9, 2011 titled “Desmond Tutu’s dreams for Cape Town fade as informal apartheid grips the city” we would like to comment from a tourism perspective.
Today is World Tourism Day, a day on which the United Nations World Travel Organisation calls attention to global issues and aspirations around tourism. Despite a rough round for tourism in recent years, it still remains a powerful economic contributor, a major generator of jobs and opportunities, and an agent of change, working as it does to bring travellers to new, unknown things, people and experiences.
In 2011, World Tourism Day reflects on the theme, “Tourism: Linking Cultures”.
Cape Town has again earned top honours in the world of tourism by garnering the title of Africa’s Leading Destination 2011 at the World Travel Awards on Monday. It is the 12th time this accolade has been won by the city. Since 1998, Cape Town has picked up the award in all but two years (2004 and 2007), when it was pipped by Sharm el-Sheikh.
Cape Town faced tough competition from fellow South African destinations Johannesburg, Durban and the Kruger National Park, as well as Luxor in Egypt, Marrakech in Morocco and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The 33rd Annual Loerie Awards and Festival Weekend had Cape Town buzzing from Friday September 16 to Sunday September 18. The awards are an annual event and pay tribute to the best work produced in the brand and communication industry in Africa and the Middle East.
There was plenty of celebration (including the quirky, much-loved choice of presenters Riaan Cruywagen and David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff) as the Loeries came to roost at their new Cape Town International Convention Centre venue. Both prize-giving events were sold out, with 1 500 people attending each night’s ceremony. The awards ceremonies were also broadcast live at venues across Cape Town to accommodate those that did not get their hands on a ticket soon enough.
Cape Town’s creative star shone particularly brightly at this year’s event, with local agencies grabbing three of the top five (first, third and fifth) spots on the official overall ranking table.Read more