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Creating responsible Cape Town: Transport and safety are critical

As part of celebrating Responsible Tourism Week and driving conversation around ways to make Cape Town a better place to live in and a much more meaningful place to visit, we asked for your thoughts on responsible tourism initiatives in the city. Here’s one response, from Sarah Anne Makin, who has travelled extensively, now lives in London, but still sees the Mother City as home.

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Crucial responsible tourism steps for Cape Town

As part of celebrating Responsible Tourism Week and driving conversation around ways to make Cape Town a better place to live in and a much more meaningful place to visit, we asked for your thoughts on responsible tourism initiatives in the city. Here’s one response, from Jessy Lipperts.

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Responsible tourism must be the foundation of tourism development

As tourism grows to join the ranks of the world’s major commercial industries, so do the questions around the impact this industry has on our fragile world and its people. Tourism can do as much harm as good – if not more – if not developed and managed responsibly. The world is rife with examples.

 

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Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold on the sale of the V&A Waterfront

Yesterday, the news was confirmed that the V&A Waterfront has been sold to JSE-listed property company, Growthpoint, and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). These two companies have made a joint acquisition said to be worth R9.7-billion.

 

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Comments on the February 10, 2011 State of the Nation address

Cape Town Tourism welcomes news about plans to boost tourism to South Africa with flexible visas and improved landing spots at airports.

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Help Cape Town fall in love with responsible tourism!

The dates are set for the 2011 Responsible Tourism Week. This unconventional, online “unconference” begins next week, on Valentine’s Day (February 14), and continues until February 18, 2011.

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Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold on the pricing debate

Pricing and perception of pricing was an issue raised and debated with fervour prior to the World Cup, urging the tourism industry to maintain responsible pricing and reinforce Cape Town’s value for money position.

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Climate change and tourism

In recent months, extreme weather conditions have meant that several tourism patterns have felt the pressure. Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, comments on this state of affairs.

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Countering seasonality: The influence of air traffic on business and leisure tourism

Welcome news for leisure and business tourism to the Mother City: From February, Turkish Airlines increased the number of flights to Cape Town. Unfortunately, this coincides with an announcement by airberlin that it will run its last northbound Cape Town-Munich flight of the European winter season 2010/2011 on April 29, 2011. Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit Helmbold comments.

 

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