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The Vibe from Abroad – Travelling to South Africa is just too complex

If I’m an England fan, and I don’t already have a ticket, there’s slim chance I’ll travel to the World Cup now.

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Cape Town courts the German market at ITB Berlin

ITB Berlin, one of the largest travel trade and consumer shows in Europe, kicked off on March 10, 2010, with Turkey as official partner country. Cape Town Tourism took a healthy dose of sunshine with, as Lianne Burton and Inge Dykman departed from a scorching Cape Town for an icy cold Berlin to represent the Mother City at the 44th annual expo. ITB Berlin takes place on the fairgrounds of Messe Berlin, with March 10 to12 reserved for trade visitors and March 13 to 14 open to all.

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Cape Town Tourism welcomes Enver Duminy

Enver Duminy is Cape Town Tourism’s new executive manager for tourism services.

Enver is responsible for the various tourism centres around Cape Town and manages 70 staff members.

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UNWTO to discuss tourism industry recovery at ITB

The challenges facing the international tourism industry will be further discussed at this year’s ITB Travel Trade Show, which takes place in Berlin, Germany, from March 10 to March 14.

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary general, Taleb Rifai, will deliver the keynote address at the official opening of the trade show, on March 9.


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The Vibe from Abroad – Spot the obvious mistakes

Here is a test for you; see how many mistakes there are in this report which went out on the BBC last Saturday, February 27, 2010,  during the morning news:

The reporter began his World Cup journey from Heathrow, London, complete with enormous suitcase, football and vuvuzela tucked under his arm. His mission; to report on what sort of journey a football fan can expect while in South Africa.

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Tourism must go green says UN World Tourism Organisation

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) hopes to contribute to creating a greener and more sustainable global economy, and discussed the how to do this at the T20 Ministers’ Meeting in Johannesburg this week.

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The Vibe from Abroad: The UK is not too popular right now

I am not talking about in South Africa, but in Canada, where the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking place.

I don’t even think it’s a case of sour grapes. Britain’s medal hopes for the winter games are never going to be that high; we have the wrong kind of snow to train in.

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The Vibe from Abroad: England is distracted

For a change, it’s been quiet on the news front; the usual fare of pending World Cup horrors has taken a back seat – and the less said about the recent BBC One crime drama, Silent Witness, set in Cape Town, the better.

There was one media highlight this week however; the breakfast programme for the ITV network, GMTV, was reporting from Cape Town and Rustenberg.  Cape Town looked fabulous, and the weather behaved, apart from one day when it rained and the viewers were asked to imagine what Table Mountain looked like. I had to giggle as GMTV managed to unearth a group of British ex-pats, who seemed only too pleased to be out in the pouring rain, for the cameras. They must have been feeling homesick!

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2010 won’t disrupt normal schedules - Grant Thornton

Recent email warnings from travel agents advising South Africans to “stay home” during the 2010 World Cup, from June 11, 2010 to July 11, 2010 because of overbooked hotels, unavailable car hire and impossible airports, are overstated.

Gillian Saunders, director of Strategic Solutions at global audit, tax and specialist advisory services firm Grant Thornton South Africa, says: “The email communication is causing unnecessary panic. Visitors won’t all be in South Africa in the same town all at once and, although there will be certain crunch peak periods, overall it shouldn’t affect South Africans’ daily schedules too dramatically.”

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The Vibe from Abroad: Trains, planes and automobiles

A Happy New Year from the frozen north, as we enter a third week of sub-zero temperatures in what is being proudly hailed as the coldest winter in 30 years. On a personal level, I really don’t mind as this is “proper” winter weather, not the grey damp that this season usually brings.

On a professional level, travel, and just how awful it can be when things don’t go according to plan, has been on my mind. This festive season Santa could have brought you an extended holiday on far-off shores as a result of your travel company going into administration; an overnight stay on the M20 motorway, or having to buy a duplicate set of plane tickets.

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