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Water in Rands and sense

Ah summer is here… Bring on the hot, sunny days, more ‘bums in beds’, and a shared spirit of festiveness! What summer also brings, however, is the Mother City’s dry season and, on the back of a particularly low rainfall year, this is going to pose some grave challenges with respect to water consumption in the Mother City. Although it’s still the beginning of our summer season, our water reserves are looking drier than ever. Cape Town – and the entire Western Cape – faces serious drought conditions in the coming months, similar to the patterns we have seen across […]

Support for tourism businesses to attend WTM Africa

The City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism are offering support to tourism businesses that want to attend WTM Africa as exhibitors. Qualifying tourism businesses will be allocated space on the Cape Town stand. All qualifying exhibitors will be part of the Cape Town Exhibition Stand from Wednesday, 19 – Friday  21 April 2017 at the CTICC.  Criteria for the applications: Applicants must be Cape Town based Tourism Businesses Be in operations for more than 5 years but not longer than 10 years Must offer a unique product / offerings Must provide compelling reasons (motivate) in order to be considered […]

Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards votes Hotel Verde “Best Urban Accommodation”

Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Hotel Verde situated at Cape Town International Airport was voted the global winner in the Urban Accommodation category during the 15th annual Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards, held in Monaco this weekend, during the opening ceremony of the 77th Skål World Congress. Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. The Skål International Sustainable Awards global winners were announced by the President of Skål International, Mr. Nigel Pilkington and the judging panel made the […]

New water restrictions planned for summer season

The City of Cape Town is implementing Level 3 water restrictions from 1 November 2016, and tariff increases 1 December 2016. If your tourism business is on a domestic tariff, these restrictions will apply to your business:  You can only watering/irrigate (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces with a bucket or watering container. You will not be allowed to use hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. You can only wash cars and boats with water from buckets. You can only top up your swimming […]

Environmentally conscious hotel implements water saving scheme

After being awarded the most energy efficient retrofit building in Cape Town in 2014, The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel continues to be greener than ever, by partaking in yet another sustainability initiative. Their latest project focuses on lowering water consumption through the capturing of ground water in holding tanks on the hotel’s roof, facilitated by The Peninsula’s unique rooftop pumping system, which is then used for sanitation purposes. In the three months that the installation has been operational the hotel has decreased water consumption by 6% even with a 10% increase in hotel bookings. If the hotel is able to sustain the daily […]

Good kitchen practices for keeping the heat down

MFK Fisher, one of America’s first food writers, said “First we eat, then we do everything else’. We can’t deny that not only is food the fuel that all people need to survive, good food puts us in a good mood, and as Virginia Woolf said, ‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ We certainly don’t fully enjoy our travels if we don’t enjoy the food we eat on our travels. Exploring local cuisine has become an important part of travelling, almost as important as the scenery and the attractions. What’s great is […]

Cape Town youth get hands-on hospitality training

Twenty young Capetonians will be placed in the hospitality industry for on-the-job training and work experience as part of a pilot project between the City of Cape Town and FEDHASA Cape.  FEDHASA Cape will initiate and implement the project, the aim of which is to improve the participants’ skills and their chances of permanent employment. The City will pay the participants a stipend from Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) funding. ‘This project is the realisation of a vision we have been building on for several years now – to extend the EPWP through partnerships with the private sector. The programme has been very successful to […]

Cape Town makes it to the 2016 C40 Cities Awards finals

The City of Cape Town has once again been shortlisted as  finalists for the C40 Awards, the fourth annual awards meant to give global recognition to cities that are taking the lead in climate change action.  The awards selection committee has selected two of the City’s projects as finalists: Energy and Climate Change Programme – Energy2040 Programme and Energy and Climate Action Plan, in the Climate Action Plans and Inventories category Transit-Orientated Development Strategic Framework, March 2016, in the Sustainable Communities category Tackling energy and climate change The City has been a leading city in South Africa and globally through the achievements of […]

Common responsible tourism issues & their solutions

On 18 July the four businesses participating in the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Challenge met at the Cape Town Tourism head office for a workshop to discuss common issues facing all the businesses. By this point we’d gone on a site visit to each of the businesses, interviewed each manager and used the information gathered to create a responsible tourism scorecard – simply put a list of what each business was doing well and where there was room for improvement. At the time of the workshop, all of the businesses were already practicing responsible tourism in some way, even though […]

Cape Town gets its first blind-friendly children’s playground

The City of Cape Town unveiled its first blind-friendly park in Bellville on 23 August 2016. The park is situated between Berol Street and Beroma Crescent, within walking distance of the Athlone School for the Blind. Over the past five months Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, has used approximately R1,1 million from its budget for non-motorised transport to transform this square of sandy land into an inviting playground. ‘Learners from the school have visited the park over the past few days to give the new play equipment and features a test-run. Some of the local residents even came […]