Industry Blog – Media, PR and Guest Relations Update

ITB World Travel Trends Report 2014

The annual World Travel Trend Report was once again issued by ITB Berlin and contains key reflections on 2013 and forecasts for the industry in 2014. The report projects a positive outlook for international tourism in 2014, with a 4-5% forecast for outbound travel as the world economy gradually starts improving.

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Spotlight on Summer Tourism in Cape Town

The final quarter of 2013 ended as the year started: on a positive note for tourism businesses. It also signified the start of the busy summer season for the industry.

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2014 Travel Trade Events in SA

Many top Travel Trade events will be taking place during the first part of the year, with four shows happening in Cape Town. Whilst planning 2014, take these events into account, as it could be valuable to attend or exhibit and follow the updates online to keep abreast of trends in the market.

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Two Successful Board Fund Beneficiaries announced

At the end of 2013, the Cape Town Tourism Board took a collective decision to forfeit their small monthly remuneration for contribution towards a fund (topped up by Cape Town Tourism) that will be awarded to two Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs) SMME businesses.

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Services Update – December 2013

During December the marketing team’s focus is mainly on in-market visitor support. Our summer communications highlighted key messages of WDC 2014, Responsible Tourism, safety, value and events with the central theme for December being shopping and festivities.

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Indaba 2014: Prospectus

Indaba - one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar - is taking place at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban for three days from 10-12 May 2014. 
This trade event attracts over 13,000 delegates from travel and tourism related industries presenting an opportunity to showcase Cape Town’s tourism offering and to promote year-round business with local and international trade.
Cape Town Tourism has secured prime space on the Wesgro stand in the DEC Hall and we are offering our members two key opportunities to join us on this excellent platform.

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How accessible is your tourism business?

A number of developments in the wider environment have placed the spotlight firmly on the issue of Universal Accessibility (UA). The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa has introduced UA guidelines into the grading criteria for accommodation establishments; the Building Council has introduced mandatory requirements and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) regards it as both a human rights imperative, and an exceptional business opportunity.

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City of Cape Town outlines its commemorative events to honour Mandela

City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, today confirmed the events that the City will host to honour the late Nelson Mandela.

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Responsible Tourism: Safety & Security for guests

Unfortunately, safety and security concerns remain the biggest reason for people not wanting to visit our destination. Cape Town Tourism aims to empower our members to be prepared and ready to inform and assist visitors to the Mother City as effectively as possible.

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