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10 tips for the best ever Cape Town experience

South Africa’s “Mother City” – Cape Town: world renowned for its natural beauty, rich history, incredible cuisine, diverse cultures complete with an amazing range of music, languages and neighbourhoods, night life, activities – you name it, you’ll find it here! And all perfectly well suited to the ever-increasing number of visitors who are seeking unique experiences in travel destinations. This modern-day explorer, however, also realises that there are do’s and don’ts that contribute to the quality of this experience. Ways in which s/he can ensure that locals embrace them into the Capetonian experience, that respect the realities of natural resource […]

Caring for tourists in the Western Cape

It’s not a nice position to be in – in a foreign place and in distress. Tourists who have been a victim of crime or have been hurt in an accident, are often in shock, are bewildered and vulnerable. They don’t know what to do and don’t know who to turn to. The Western Cape Ministry of Economic Opportunities has a plan to help tourists in distress – the Tourism Safety and Support Programme, aimed at providing help and care for tourists who have been victim of a crime or a serious motor vehicle accident during their stay in the […]

Let’s get tourists on the bus this festive season

This festive season, its going to be more convenient for both visitors to Cape Town and locals to get out and about as MyCiTi has extend its operating hours to shopping centres and beaches. We all know what Cape Town is like in December – it’s the busiest time of the year with tourists and local fun seekers visiting the beaches, shopping centres, Table Mountain, coastal areas and other popular destinations. Places are busy, but so is traffic. Using the MyCiTi bus service is more convenient that using a private vehicle. It has a number of routes to local beaches and […]

The costs of Level 3 water tariffs on your business

Like many of Cape Town’s accommodation establishments, B.I.G Backpackers in Green Point is housed on a property that was once residential, but has since, within the City of Cape Town’s land use policy, been repurposed for business. We’re not going to talk here about zoning and the land use of properties. Instead we’re going to talk about how B.I.G Backpackers is being charged for water and sanitation and how the Level 3 water restriction tariffs that are going to come into effect on 1 December 2016 will affect the cost of business. B.I.G Backpackers is on the City of Cape […]

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 […]