WTM is over for another year and the exhibitors scatter to the winds, back to their offices, exhausted after four days of intense smiling, late nights, too much coffee and unhealthy dining.
When WTM moved from Earls Court to ExCeL in 2002, the uproar was deafening and included such memorable reasons why it was all so bad; “I will have to travel east when I arrive at Victoria station” and another horror “where on earth is ExCeL?”. So it was with a mixture of amusement and sadness that I find these sentiments still very much in evidence in 2010. Smug exhibitors staying in west London were clearly feeling self-satisfied compared to those unfortunate souls having to make do with the local accommodation options.Read more
More than 100 businesswomen from Cape Town and surrounds came to Strand Tower Hotel on November 4 for the Business Network Forum organised by the Yente Foundation. A Yente trade mission was in South Africa for the event, which followed on similar forums in Polokwane and Johannesburg, with a delegation of 15 female entrepreneurs from Peru, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Netherlands.Read more
South Africa National Parks (SANParks) has announced changes in the management of its Wild Card programme, to be implemented in early 2011, and urges current cardholders to update their contact details accordingly. The Wild Card affords nature lovers unlimited access to some of Southern Africa’s premier conservation areas.Read more
As part of a joint research project, the City of Cape Town, Backpacking South Africa and the South African Youth Travel Confederation have produced a document that delves into who the average backpacker is, how they get around and how to shape an action plan that will promote, facilitate and develop this growing niche market.Read more
A recent survey (conducted by Capeinfo.com) found that 94.03% of sampled World Cup visitors said that South Africa exceeded their expectations and 97.01% would recommend the destination to family and friends. 88.06% also felt safe during their visit. Similar findings by Cape Town Tourism showed that visitors were pleasantly surprised by how safe, organised and friendly the city was.Read more
Global competitors must be heaving a huge sigh of relief as news broke that national tourism body VisitBritain was dealt a 34% cut in funding. How are we, those in the UK, that is, and on the reduced dime, to successfully promote a visit here during the 2012 Olympic Games? How are we to bring economic benefit to all the businesses currently investing in the idea that there will be enough visitors to go round? The UK has slipped down the Top 10 rankings produced by the World Tourism Organisation, so understandably the industry is nervous following yesterday’s Comprehensive Spending Review announced by the government.Read more