Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold responded to news of the hijacking and murder of British tourist Anni Dewani in Cape Town over the weekend with shock: “Cape Town Tourism is deeply saddened and dismayed by this senseless murder of a young woman in our city. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her husband Shrien Dewani, family and friends.”Read more
Monday, November 8, marked the start of one of the biggest global meeting spaces for the travel industry – the World Travel Market. Speaking at the destination expo, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold revealed that cautious concern still clouds the global tourism industry, evidence of the lingering impact of the international economic downturn. She went on to point out that it’s not all gloom, however, as industry leaders indicate that South Africa’s traditional markets begin to show signs of recovery and new source markets are showing increasing interest in the destination.Read more
World Responsible Tourism Day took place on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, during the week that World Travel Market is taking place in London. Cape Town Tourism representatives have been in London for this global destination marketing expo, while the rest of the team celebrated World Responsible Tourism Day in the Mother City.Read more
Winners of the 2011 Best of Wine Tourism Awards were announced in Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday, November 4, 2010. Hosted by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, a collection of nine renowned wine regions, the Best of Wine Tourism Awards were introduced in order to encourage travel, education and business exchange between Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Cape Town (South Africa), Christchurch (New Zealand), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), and San Francisco (the United States).Read more
Wallpaper*, a top international design publication, has selected Cape Town to represent South Africa on the cover of the November issue – another positive outcome of Cape Town Tourism’s hosting of numerous media representatives around the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.Read more
The FIFA World Cup™ gave South Africa centre stage in 2010. The event proved to be an enormously positive brand-building exercise for the country and, in particular, for picturesque host city Cape Town.Read more
Concerns about global warming and the destruction of the environment are driving responsible tourism initiatives, as a means to ensure that travel remains economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. As the first city to win the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the Best Destination category in 2009, Cape Town continues to promote responsible tourism to both locals and visitors.
Cape Town recently hosted the 2010 E-Tourism Africa Summit at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on October 25 and 26. Cape Town Tourism partnered with South Africa Tourism to sponsor the forward-looking event, and the local tourism industry is now abuzz with new ideas and talk of the opportunities that the social media landscape presents.