Press Releases

Open skies debate peaks at WTM as Cape Town’s air capacity increases

The topical debate around open skies is one that has preoccupied tourism for some time now and is centred on authorities spending millions on destination marketing, yet raising the barriers to travel due to unreasonable taxes, air access issues and cumbersome visa processes.

South Africa joined tourism organisations from around the world this Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at World Travel Market to discuss the topic in a panel discussion, called Open Skies and Open Borders – led by the UNWTO – in partnership with public and private sector participants from around the world.

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Responsible tourism in Cape Town, South Africa

Responsible tourism is tourism “that creates better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”.

In 2002, representatives from tourism sectors in 20 countries attended the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, at which a declaration on responsible tourism was agreed upon.

In 2009, the City of Cape Town adopted the Responsible Tourism Policy and Action Plan, which commits to adopting responsible tourism as an approach to destination management, to bring about positive economic, social, cultural, and environmental influences. It facilitates the city-wide adoption and implementation of responsible tourism actions and serves as a decision-making reference point for divisions within the city, as well as for external stakeholders.

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Cape Town joins the world in noting world responsible tourism day

The travel industry looks to the World Travel Market (WTM) event today to lead this year’s World Responsible Tourism Day (November 7) through a wealth of debates and presentations on conscious tourism practice, as well as the awarding of the 2012 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards (winners had not been announced at time of release).

Responsible Tourism is defined as tourism “that creates better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”. One of the key challenges for Responsible Tourism identified at WTM is that of broadening access to destinations, particularly for the physically and economically disadvantaged. The conference also looked at ways in which various destinations were regulating and communicating their Responsible Tourism practice.

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Design and culture in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has always been Africa’s unofficial design capital and is marked by the ingenuity and entrepreneurial nature of its citizens – who make clever use of recycled materials and produce cost-effective products and provide employment.

Cape Town’s design culture is illustrated by the number of tertiary education institutions offering degrees and short courses in design-related fields. It is also home to the internationally lauded Design Indaba Expo, Loerie Awards, Fashion Week and Creative Week Cape Town; and the Cape Town Design Route is a trail around the greater Cape Town metropole highlighting vetted designers and community projects worth seeing.

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Affordable luxury in Cape Town, South Africa

As a world-class city blessed with abundant natural beauty, memorable cuisine, endless winelands and a fascinating, multi-layered urban heart, Cape Town is renowned for having effortless grace when it comes to sharing the best in life.

From five-star luxury hotels to three-star guesthouses and budget backpackers there are many comfortable and exciting choices when it comes to choosing your base. World-renowned hotels such as the Mount Nelson, Twelve Apostles, Ellerman House, Cape Grace and the One & Only Cape Town provide superlative luxury accommodation with spas, services and amenities far beyond the regular bar fridge and coffee station.

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Gadget-free travel and booking holidays on smart TVs rule future travel trends

Euromonitor, the world’s leader in strategy research for consumer markets released its annual World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2012 at London’s World Travel Market on November 5.

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Cape Town Tourism pledges to market tourism offering despite funding uncertainty

In the wake of an announcement at the Cape Town Tourism AGM on October 18, 2012, that the City of Cape Town will now lead the city’s destination marketing, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold has given the assurance that her organisation will remain a dynamic industry body delivering tourism destination marketing and visitor services in line with its Constitution.

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Tourism Radio and Cape Town Tourism produce audio travel guide

Cape Town Tourism delves deeper into the digital space next week with the launch of its Walking Tour of Central Cape Town mobile phone application.

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Gratitude to all involved in Hout Bay rescue operation

At a press conference held in the Cape Town city centre today, Western Cape Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, expressed his sincere gratitude to those who conducted the rescue operation after the capsizing of the Miroshga Charter boat off the coast of Hout Bay at about 15h00 on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

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A virtual invasion of the Cape

Cape Town is expecting a massive influx of extra visitors in the next three months without many of them actually leaving their homes (as yet). These will be virtual visitors experiencing the delights of the Cape via a world-first Facebook-based travel app.

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