Industry Blog – Talking Tourism with Mariette

Cape Town Tourism Loves Responsible Tourism Week at Valentine’s Day Information Session

Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day… love for responsible tourism, that is, at the Cape Town Tourism Information Session at the Cullinan Hotel on Thursday 14 February, 2013.

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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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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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World Travel Market 2011 reports back on key trends in global travel

Cape Town Tourism is wrapping up a very successful and insightful few days at the World Travel Market in London, one of the leading global events for the travel industry. Almost 48 000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media are said to have descended on the Exhibition Centre London on November 7 and 10 to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.

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Cape Town Tourism CEO responds to Table Mountain road closures

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism CEO, responds to the closure of selected access roads to Table Mountain and Signal Hill at night.

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CEO report and launch of new marketing campaign

The world’s cities are the new tourism battleground.

It is imperative that we act decisively to attract a much more significant market share of the world’s biggest market; the urban traveller, which accounts for 70% of the world’s travellers.

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Cape Town Tourism responds to Guardian article about poverty

In response to an article posted by The Guardian on Sunday, October 9, 2011 titled “Desmond Tutu’s dreams for Cape Town fade as informal apartheid grips the city” we would like to comment from a tourism perspective.

 

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Cape Town crowned leading destination in Africa

Cape Town has again earned top honours in the world of tourism by garnering the title of Africa’s Leading Destination 2011 at the World Travel Awards on Monday. It is the 12th time this accolade has been won by the city. Since 1998, Cape Town has picked up the award in all but two years (2004 and 2007), when it was pipped by Sharm el-Sheikh.

Cape Town faced tough competition from fellow South African destinations Johannesburg, Durban and the Kruger National Park, as well as Luxor in Egypt, Marrakech in Morocco and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

 

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Loerie Awards 2011 shed a bright light on Cape Town creativity

The 33rd Annual Loerie Awards and Festival Weekend had Cape Town buzzing from Friday September 16 to Sunday September 18. The awards are an annual event and pay tribute to the best work produced in the brand and communication industry in Africa and the Middle East.

There was plenty of celebration (including the quirky, much-loved choice of presenters Riaan Cruywagen and David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff) as the Loeries came to roost at their new Cape Town International Convention Centre venue. Both prize-giving events were sold out, with 1 500 people attending each night’s ceremony. The awards ceremonies were also broadcast live at venues across Cape Town to accommodate those that did not get their hands on a ticket soon enough.

Cape Town’s creative star shone particularly brightly at this year’s event, with local agencies grabbing three of the top five (first, third and fifth) spots on the official overall ranking table.

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Cape Town linking with other SA cities in global drive to save tourism

A few recently published articles which raise issues about tourism marketing and the role of Cape Town Tourism warrant commentary.

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