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Wine Tourism taking flight in Cape Town

The advent of Vindaba, taking place from September 25 to 27, 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), is a heartening window into the potential we have to work co-operatively and yet with great focus in the tourism industry. Last year, Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said that wine tourism contributed R5-billion to the economy and noted that it was one of the fastest-growing sectors in the global tourism market.

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#LoveCapeTown this World Tourism Month

World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27 and its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism as well as its social, cultural, political and economic value.

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ERMD’s Mandela Day activities in photos

The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day on Wednesday July 18, 2012, by adopting Gege’s Crèche in Langa and assisting it with a host of charitable projects.

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JAMMS gives back on Mandela Day

The spirit of Ubuntu was alive and well at the Joint Association Members Meeting Sessions (JAMMS) at The Rotunda in Camps Bay on Mandela Day, Wednesday July 18, 2012.

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Happy birthday Madiba from Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold

Today is a special day indeed. Nelson Mandela turns 94 years old. On behalf of the Cape Town Tourism staff and partners, I would like to say: Happy Birthday, Madiba. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for helping to free our country, and for showing us the true meaning of humility and forgiveness. We wish you a long and healthy life.

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SAA and Cape tourism players seek growth on new routes

South African Airways and key players in the Western Cape tourism industry have identified fresh marketing opportunities on new routes the airline is developing and mechanisms for future co-operation.

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Marketing services update

April saw the first month where arrivals to Cape Town are starting to decrease in the light of winter season. A winter accommodation survey undertaken by Cape Town Tourism for April and May 2012 does show welcome growth but it also serves as a stark reminder of the challenge of seasonality.

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Tourism services update – July 2012

The visitors services team witnessed the effect of the low season on the network during June. Over the counter enquiries within the Cape Town Tourism network decreased by15% month on month while the entire network including accredited VIC’s shows a 29% decrease month on month.  The total number of visitors for entire CTT network incl accredited VIC’s was 11 517 and 7 683 for the CTT network (excl accredited VIC’s).

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5th annual e-Tourism Africa summit launched in Cape Town

The fifth annual e-Tourism Africa summit will take place on September 13 and 14 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The summit will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in online tourism, including TripAdvisor, Wanderfly, Expedia, Facebook developers and a host of new and innovative speakers. New sessions will cover Facebook campaigning for tourism and mobile travel apps. South African Tourism is the title sponsor of the two-day conference, with Cape Town Tourism as the host sponsor.

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Cape Town Tourism lends insights into visitor safety

Cape Town Tourism held its quarterly Visitor Safety and Security Forum at the Hilton Hotel in the city centre on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate dialogue around public safety issues in a proactive manner. Representatives from major attractions, such as the Table Mountain Cableway, V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosh National Botanical Garden as well as the Central City Improvement District (CCID) and SAPS, were in attendance.

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