Industry Blog

Cape Town’s international tourism season is only just beginning

Findings from Cape Town Tourism industry surveys conducted in November and mid-December 2010 confirm that more domestic visitors arrived for the holidays, albeit in many cases at the last minute.

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The vibe from abroad: Where will the Brits be travelling in 2011?

What a year for travel 2010 has been; it began with the unprecedented closure of European airspace when that Icelandic volcano erupted, strikes by airline staff, the collapse of tour operators and subsequent vulnerability of independent and uninsured travellers, and came to a pitiful year-end when some major European airports were exposed for the weak link they are in the international travel chain when the weather gets bad.

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The impact of the Dewani incident on local tourism

In the last weeks and days (and especially in the light of new speculations and revelations surfacing almost hourly), I have been asked by national and international media as well as members of our tourism industry to comment on the effect of the Dewani tragedy on tourism in Cape Town.

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Tourism industry surveys reveal cautious optimism for summer 2010/2011

Cape Town Tourism has launched a series of tourism surveys to better understand and prepare for the summer season ahead.

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Cape Town to host SITE international conference

Cape Town International Convention Centre will host the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE), a global non-profit organisation dedicated to improving incentive travel, for their international conference from December 4 to 7, 2010.

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Relais & Châteaux Association holds 36th annual congress in the Mother City

The Relais & Châteaux Association – a collection of some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants – held its 36th annual congress in the Mother City on November 9, 2010.

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The vibe from abroad: Another world travel market, another challenging destination

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.

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Yente Business Network Forum a big success

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.

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SANParks announces changes to its Wild Card programme

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.

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