City of Cape Town Draft Tourism Development Framework 2013 – 2017

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) is developing a Tourism Development Framework (TDF) for Cape Town. In recognition of new global and local trends, opportunities and challenges facing the tourism industry, the commissioned Tourism Development Framework will have a Strategy and Business Plan for the 2013 to 2017 period.

The draft document is available for industry and public comment until 30 September 2013.

The aim of the TDF is to outline guiding principles, strategic focus areas, key actions and projects (or programmes) for targeted future tourism development in Cape Town.

Guiding principles include:

  •  Responsible Tourism
  • Enhance domestic tourism
  • Conserve heritage resources for tourism development
  • Stimulate tourism product development


The study followed a developmental approach prioritising integrated and sustainable tourism development, a wider spatial spread of tourism benefits to local communities, the identification of
economic opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and visitor satisfaction.

From a spatial development perspective, tourism development opportunities have been identified mostly around natural, but also around cultural and heritage resources per district and it has been acknowledged that the cultural and heritage value of the Cape Flats should be enhanced. Potential projects have been outlined.

A comprehensive public participation process is driven to ensure broad participation by citizens and stakeholder groups. The TDF is made available for perusal at a 110 City Libraries throughout the City, Public engagement meetings are conducted in the tourism development areas as identified in the Tourism Spatial Development Framework, and information available on the City’s website and in local media.

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Summary                                                                                             Tourism Development Framework

Comments can be submitted through the following channels:

  • fax to 021 417 4141
  • e-mail to 
  • written submission to Dr Theuns Vivian, 2 Hertzog Boulevard, 14th Floor, Standard Bank Building, Cape Town, 8000

For further information on the draft Tourism Development Framework, contact Theuns Vivian on
021 417 4062 or e-mail

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