TripAdvisor data reveals Cape Town top African city for bookings

This year’s Data Africa 2017 conference in conjunction with TripAdvisor and E-Tourism Frontiers took place in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.  It was a chance for Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) and tourism authorities from across the globe to share ideas and gain access to previously unpublished, deep data around the travel landscape. WESGRO attended the seminar, the outcome of which was a rich understanding of African travel trends for research, planning, booking and buying, which shed new light on key source markets. Insights from TripAdvisor included online path-to-purchase, trends for hotels, travel experiences and emerging behaviours.   A recap of some of […]

V&A Waterfront screens solar-powered show for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual global event highlighting the environmental challenges facing our planet and is celebrated on the last Saturday in March for one hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time. During that hour people are encouraged to switch off their lights as a symbolic gesture of unity to reflect on our impact on the planet as part of a global citizen movement of positive change for the environment. This year, the V&A Waterfront is working with Sunshine Cinema, a solar-powered mobile cinema, to host their first solar-powered Earth Hour event. By using solar energy and battery packs, Sunshine […]

Good reasons for energy efficiency in your tourism business

Rising input costs – you’re not alone As a tourism business owner, you may wonder if you alone are feeling the bite of rising costs – electricity, water and fuel among them. According to the TBCSA Tourism Business Index for the first quarter of 2016, the cost of inputs contributed a whopping 56% to tourism business performance – sadly negatively, not positively. This trend was also forecast to continue into the second quarter, and the rising cost of electricity was mentioned separately as an additional factor that would negatively affect business performance. Although the issues of high overheads were soon […]

Cape Town hotel’s bucket brigade recycles water in the CBD

Capetonians in the CBD may have noticed men and women watering plants on traffic islands with buckets. They are the staff members of the Townhouse Hotel on the corner of Mostert and Corporation streets, who are helping save water by recycling shower water used by hotel guests. This water recycling idea was the brainchild of GM Jacqueline Williams. “I was driving home one afternoon and I heard someone on the radio mention that she showers with a bucket to catch water and then recycles it in her garden. My husband laughed when I asked him to buy me buckets but […]

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 […]

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