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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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