Industry Blog – Cape Town Matters

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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Walk about town

City planners are fast-tracking initiatives to make Cape Town’s CBD pedestrian-friendly.


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Tourism: Where to from 2010 for Cape Town?

We were a country wholeheartedly and publicly committed to tourism in 2010, but as 2011 hatches freshly on our doorsteps, we are called to heed, more than ever, a pressing need to platform tourism as an essential component of our economic survival.

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Mayor Plato launches “Winter in Cape Town” exhibition in Singapore

On Thursday, October 8, Cape Town’s executive mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, launched the “Winter in Cape Town” exhibition in Singapore. Plato and a delegation of local councillors and officials are currently travelling across Singapore and China on an information-sharing mission, which includes investigating water policies and trade exchange. Their mission in Singapore is also to promote Cape Town as a premier tourist destination during off-peak winter months.


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Cape Town Tourism AGM held at CTICC

The Cape Town Tourism Annual General Meeting was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this afternoon, hosted by former Miss South Africa and popular television personality, Jo-Ann Strauss.

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Update on tourism marketing structures and strategy

Thank you for your valued participation at last week’s industry networking session (held on August, 18, 2010 at the Bay Hotel) to discuss proposed tourism marketing structures for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Your support, comments and observations have been noted and will be forwarded to the MEC and the City of Cape Town for consideration.

A comprehensive document outlining both the Provincial and Cape Town Tourism proposals can be viewed here: Communication to Cape Town tourism businesses: consultation on MEC proposals

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Connecting Cape Town to the world

At a recent Accelerate Cape Town stakeholder meeting, the issue of Cape Town being a globally connected city was discussed. Any city with aspirations of being a global business centre must be connected to the rest of the world, both through technology and international flights.

The two speakers, Deon Cloete, general manager of Cape Town International Airport, and Brian Pinnock of Dimension Data, talked about what is being done to ensure that Cape Town becomes as connected as any other globally recognised business city.

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Stop wasting time – introduce daylight saving!

With our abundance of wind, waves and sun, the Cape Town region is well positioned to lead the renewable energies charge.

But in addition to new forms of power generation, surely we should be talking more seriously about introducing daylight saving. If people can work out the 2c/kWh levy that was introduced in last year’s budget, they can certainly work out changing their clocks by an hour twice a year.

The main purpose of daylight saving is to make better use of daylight. It was introduced in the US and UK during World War I, when it was adopted to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.

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