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Winery Celebrates Muscat Vintage

Cape Town, 12 February 2019 – Stellenbosch Hills winery has marked an auspicious year with the release of its latest vintage Muscat de Hambourg. It was 30 years ago that the celebrated winery first produced the wine, South Africa’s only ...

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Elements Luxury Suites Launches in Sea Point

Bedroom at Elements Luxury Suites, Sea Point, Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, 21 January 2019 – Short-term rental company Totalstay, in partnership with Elemental Property Developers, have launched Elements Luxury Suites, a development in upper Sea Point offering a variety of luxury accommodation for short-term rental. The unique ...

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WTM Africa 2019 Takes Shape

WTM Africa Conference Speakers

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 03 January 2019 – The speaker line-up and programme for WTM Africa 2019 are taking shape, with Conference, Inspire, Destination and Travel Forward Theatres set to host presentations and interactive sessions with global travel influencers between ...

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Marriott Opens First Hotel In Cape Town

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 12 September 2018 – 188 room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront celebrates the brand’s European soul and Spanish roots with classic modern design. AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand, today announced the opening ...

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Delheim Harvest Festival 2019

Delheim Harvest Festival 2019

Delheim’s 2019 Harvest Festival celebrates the rosé side of life Dress up in all shades of pink for family-fun in the Winelands Saturday, 26 January 2019. It’s time to get your PINK on! This happy colour is the theme for ...

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Summer Fun in Paarl and Wellington

Whether you’re in Cape Town for your #summerholidays from upcountry or enjoying a #staycation, head to the beautiful Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington for a spectacular summer holiday.  Located within easy driving distance from Cape Town, this rural region ...

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FEDHASA Cape Awards Student Bursaries

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 26 October 2018 – As part of FEDHASA Cape’s on-going efforts to develop young professionals in the hospitality industry and grow the sector in Cape Town, the association has announced its 2018 bursary recipients in several ...

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Iconic President Hotel Revamped

CAPE TOWN, 16 October 2018 – Steeped in history as one of the oldest properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, the iconic President Hotel celebrates two decades since its namesake; former President Nelson Mandela reopened its doors in 1998 with a fresh ...

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The Real Return on Building a Green Hotel

Hotel Verde Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, 15 October 2018 –  In this day and age, building ‘Green’ should be the norm rather than the exception, but misconceptions on green building ‘tax’ surprisingly still seem to hinder the decision. Hotel Verde Cape Town, ...

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Ultra-trail Cape Town presented by Salomon

Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) presented by Salomon takes place on Saturday 1 December, and sees four trail running races of 100km, 65km, 35km and this year for the first time, 21km, traverse sections of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, ...

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Big Names To Talk Big Data At Wine And Food Conference

If we don’t know what we don’t know, how can we tap into the true potential of South Africa’s wine and food tourism, argues tourism maven Margi Biggs. The convener of this year’s The Business of Wine & Food Tourism ...

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Travel Extravaganza for Cape’s Youth in Celebration of Tourism Month

80 young people from Cape Town got to enjoy the experience of a lifetime, celebrating Madiba’s heritage and footprint in the city. Hosted by Cape Town Tourism, learners from two marginalized areas around Cape Town –Langa and Khayelitsha, were given ...

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Unveils Revamped Lodges

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has unveiled the new-look Dwyka Tented Lodge and Gondwana Family Lodge. Recognised as one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned reserves, Sanbona stretches across 58 000 hectares of wide open Karoo plains and is known as the western ...

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Cape Town Strengthens Ties With Angola

CAPE TOWN, 05 September 2018 – Following Visa exemptions and increased direct flights between Cape Town and Angola, the President of the recently  established Angola-South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACIAAS), Victoriano Ferreira Nicolau met with Wesgro CEO Tim ...

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Stratus Raises the Steaks with Jack Daniel’s

CAPE TOWN, 16 August 2018 – Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town collaborated with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and the hotels’ resident Stratus Steak House to host guests at a function this evening where samples of some of the best Wagyu beef in Cape ...

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UnionPay Seeks Cape Town Product Offers

CAPE TOWN, 07 August 2018 – UnionPay International is working to forge relationships with Cape Town-based tourism operators to offer incentives aimed at attracting the Chinese market. Co-ordinated by Cape Town Tourism, a business breakfast session took place at the Vista Marina Restaurant ...

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Art & Wine Combine To Create Collectors Reserve

CAPE TOWN, 06 August 2018 – Durbanville Hills launched its latest collection of wines, the Collectors Reserve, to media guests today. The name is certainly an appropriate double entendre, as this premium wine-of-origin varietal collection ties-in perfectly with the linocut artwork depicted ...

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Local Artist Weaves His Magic

Paarl crafter Jonathan Hoffman

CAPE TOWN, 31 July 2018 – Paarl crafter Jonathan Hoffman might look as if he belongs to a reggae band, but his hands create sheer magic with intricate weaving and wirework.  After suffering a debilitating back injury and being unable to ...

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Cape Town: A Sustainable Tourism Destination

CAPE TOWN, 17 July 2018 –  Despite the heavy rains and Western Cape dams filling up considerably, the risk of a continued drought over the next few years still remains a reality. Due to the significant knock that the local hospitality ...

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Porsche Studio Cape Town Waterfront Inaugurated

CAPE TOWN, July 2018 – Adding to the Mother City’s already impressive array of tourist attractions, Porsche has officially opened its Porsche Studio in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – one of the city’s most popular hubs. The first of its kind ...

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Africa’s Longest & Highest Zipline Re-opens

CAPE TOWN, July 2018 – Cape Town Ziplines, an SA Forest Adventures initiative, has re-opened in Silvermist Estate on Hout Bay Road. Following a two year closure, the site has been re-opened with GoPro partnering with Cape Town Ziplines last month. ...

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Water Savvy Cape Town Bounces Back

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 20, 2018 – “We’re open for business and forging ahead with plans for tourism growth in Cape Town and the Western Cape” – that’s the message a group of industry heavyweights are proclaiming, as the ...

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Can Golf Clubs Lose Their Elitist Reputation?

LANGEBAAN, South Africa – Golf has enjoyed consistent popularity for many years and the South African golf world has catapulted many a promising player into the professional game. But has golf become an out-of-reach, out-of-touch sport for our new generations? ...

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AfricArena Announces 2018 World Tour

24 April 2018, Cape Town – Today AfricArena, in partnership with Wesgro and Silicone Cape, revealed they will be hosting the AfricArena 2018 International Africa Tech Conference for a 2nd consecutive year with their first-ever “World Tour” scheduled for May. The ...

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The Red Bus Goes Green – City Sightseeing Lowers Water Consumption

City Sightseeing is committed to saving water and coming up with long-term solutions to ensure that the company uses as little water as possible. With effective water-saving habits and a desalination plant, the company has reduced its municipal water use ...

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WTM-Africa Kicks Off in Cape Town

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. It is all systems go as WTM Africa 2018 kicks off today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to deliver an exhibition dedicated to furthering the potential of tourism on the continent and ...

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Thebe Tourism: Lessons Learned from Water Crisis

South Africa can at times be a very reactive country, meaning we seem to wake up very late on critical issues. By Brett Hendricks, General Manager of the Thebe Tourism Group.  Over many years we have been hearing about the scarce ...

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James Vos on Tourist Guides and Visas

On Wednesday, 21 February 2018, South Africa celebrated International Tour Guide Day which gives prominence to the role that this sector plays in the tourism industry. By James Vos MP – Shadow Minister of Tourism. The celebration holds a special meaning to ...

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James Vos on Water Crisis and Tourism

The prospect of nations running out of water has become more pronounced due to recurrent droughts and climate change. Water shortages are essentially the ‘new normal’, and they pose a serious risk to the valuable tourism sector.  By James Vos MP ...

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BONangels Water Drive

We all know that the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have been hit hard by a severe drought and are currently on level 6b water restrictions. The dams are at less than 25.9% and residents are now ...

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International Hotel Group ONOMO Hotels Enters SA Market

Casablanca- headquartered ONOMO Hotels has entered the South African hotel management arena with the acquisition of three properties: the iconic Inn on the Square in Cape Town, the Signature Lux Hotel and brand in Sandton, and a newly constructed ONOMO ...

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Wesgro Commends Cape Town JAMMS

The Western Cape Government and Wesgro have commended the Joint Association Members Meeting Sessions (JAMMS) on their numerous initiatives taken to assist the tourism industry during the drought, and the impact that it is having on this vital sector. JAMMS ...

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January Events at The People’s Republic of Howzit

Referred to as ‘The People’s Republic of Howzit’ by locals, Bay Harbour Market offers an authentic eclectic blend of all things South African. It’s no surprise to hear that it attracts close to 30 000 locals and tourists a month to ...

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Cape Town Boosts Air Access to Asia

Cape Town Air Access – a partnership between Wesgro, the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism, and South African Tourism has welcomed the announcement by Singapore Airlines (SIA) that it will ...

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Be Water-Wise in Cape Town

With the ongoing water crisis due to the drought in the Western Cape, South African Tourism urges holidaymakers and locals alike to use water sparingly and responsibly this festive season. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that its ...

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Langa Quarter launches in Cape Town

Langa Quarter launches in Cape Town A Social Enterprise Precinct (SEP) zoned for tourism 13 December 2017 saw the official launch of The Langa Quarter, a tourism enterprise that has been in the making and flying under the radar in ...

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Tintswalo Atlantic Plays It Part To Save Water

With the announcement by the City of Cape Town that level 6 water restrictions will be introduced on the 1st of January 2018, the tourism industry is sharpening their pencils to find innovative ways to further reduce water consumption in ...

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Business Tourism Boost for Western Cape

Wesgro – Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency – is pleased to announce that the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau, a unit of the Agency, has secured 2600 expected delegates in ...

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Paying it Forward; in Water

BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central is donating 5 litres of water to all guests passing through on their way to Cape Town during their #halfway2everywhere campaign. As you know, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have been hit ...

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Two-in-one Hotel Opens in Cape Town

Tsogo Sun’s new dual-band 19-storey hotel in the Mother City’s flourishing and vibrant City Bowl celebrated its opening on 28 September with the Director General of Tourism, Mr Victor Tharage, delivering the keynote address, along with speeches by Executive Mayor ...

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Winchester Mansions Refurbishes Bedrooms

Winchester Mansions has announced the commencement of a modern refurbishment of its 76 bedrooms which includes family and loft-style rooms, as well as various suites. The hotel – owned by Mrs Wainford, and well known for its rich history and iconic ...

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Hotel Innovations Assist Cape Town Water Crisis

In a bid to save water, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa’s (FEDHASA) Cape region is encouraging their members, and the Cape Town hotel industry at large, to find new and innovative ways to save water. In this article, ...

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Cape Town Golf Festival Here To Stay

Cape Town’s inaugural Golf Festival, arranged specifically to address the multiple challenges associated with seasonality and boost tourism numbers in the Western Cape during winter has been lauded as “a huge success” and is “here to stay”. The event was ...

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THINC Africa to Debate Mozambique Hotel Potential

Mozambique offers strong potential to both hotel investors and operators and this has prompted HVS, the global hotel consultancy and host of the upcoming THINC Africa conference, to include a specialist round table on Mozambique at this year’s THINC Africa. ...

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Preferred Hotels Appoints Mark Wernich

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, has announced the appointment of Mark Wernich as Director of Business Development for Africa. Based in Cape Town, Wernich is tasked with the ...

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SA Tourism CEO Joins Speakers for THINC Africa 2017

HVS South Africa, organiser of the 2017 edition of the Tourism, Hotel Investment, and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa has confirmed that the CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, will be speaking at this much-anticipated conference coming up in Cape Town ...

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Digital Nomads Swap London For Cape Town

Digital marketing guru Simon Lewis, the creator of Travel Concept Solutions (TCS) and Co Working Days, has partnered with Wesgro, the trade development agency for the Western Cape and the city of Cape Town in South Africa, to give ten ...

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THINC Africa Launches Business Meetings

Delegates registered to attend the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event this year, can now schedule appointments to meet with speakers and fellow delegates to discuss business deals. The conference is taking place at the FNB Portside ...

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Conscious Conferencing Tips

Spier Wine Farm (outside Stellenbosch) has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of their conferencing facilities, from careful recycling and consistently making sure the area is waste-free, to water conservation technology and training staff in the ways of ...

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Eco-Friendly Tours: Coffeebeans Routes

Travel is about sharing experiences and few tour operators enable guests to immerse themselves in South Africa’s extraordinary mix of culture and creativity better than Coffeebeans Routes. Established in 2005, Coffeebeans has created a formidable reputation as a cultural and ...

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8 Reasons to Attend THINC Africa 2017

If you missed the inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment, and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event last year, then you do not want to miss the second conference taking place at the FNB Portside Building in Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront precinct ...

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Cape Royale Expands Portfolio

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, located in Green Point, has expanded their portfolio to offer large corporates the opportunity to host conferences or intimate meetings in one of the rooftop penthouse suites, complete with a private terrace and garden area. Cape ...

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ATM Scam Targets Cape Town Tourists

Cape Town, 07 June 2017 – ATM scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in their attempt to con unsuspecting tourists, particularly as messaging to educate and warn both residents and visitors alike about ATM fraud is starting to reach ...

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ACSA Prepared for Cape Town’s ‘Helluva’ Storm

JOHANNESBURG, 6 June 2017 – “One hell of a storm” is expected to hit Cape Town and the Western Cape this evening and tomorrow and has been described by several media pundits as “unprecedented” and upgraded to “Helluva” and even “Moerse”. ...

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New Cape Town Airport Runway Gets Go Ahead

Cape Town, South Africa 30 May 2017 – The Department of Environmental Affairs has notified Cape Town International Airport that it has authorised the proposed runway realignment and associated infrastructure planned for the airport. Header image credit: FTW Online. The department’s ...

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Cape Town Combats Seasonality

In a bid to boost Cape Town’s tourism numbers during winter and address the multiple challenges associated with seasonality, the City of Cape Town in partnership with key industry role players will embark on a series of initiatives to combat ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Cape Town Ranked Best City for Millennials

Cape Town has ranked 77th overall in a recent Nestpick global study covering thousands of cities and using 16 criteria to rank the top 100 cities for Millennials to live or visit. Furnished housing aggregator, Nestpick, have produced a ranking ...

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Easter Bunny Para Flights for Charity

Look to the skies in Cape Town on Easter Sunday (April 16th) to spot Para-Taxi’s Easter pilot flying through the air.  Not only will Para-Taxi Tandem Paragliding‘s Easter passengers enjoy a flight with the Easter Bunny, but 50% of the booking ...

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aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel Gets R8.6M Refurb

aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel, Western Cape is due to undergo a comprehensive R8.6m state of the art refurbishment which will result in the closure of the establishment commencing on 18th April 2017 to August 2017. This 4-month project entails ...

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HVS Launches THINC Africa 2017

HVS has announced that the second Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Africa 2017 will be held on 30th and 31st August 2017, at the FNB Portside Building, Cape Town.  This two-day event will provide ample opportunity to network with ...

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The Pretoria versus Cape Town Parliament Debate

During the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 09 February, President Jacob Zuma set in motion a snowball discourse on the moving of the Parliament to Pretoria away from Cape Town, to reduce costs. The suggested cost for moving ...

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Cape Town DMC Gives Back to Community

Cape Town based mirchee Destination Management visited Elundini Children’s Home for children with special needs and joined the Home’s founder Indy Kwana to host a magic show and provide happy meals with toys, and of course Santa. The ‘We Care’ project ...

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Visit Cape Town’s sophisticated Somerset West

In between Stellenbosch and Strand in the Helderberg, lies Somerset West, a sophisticated town that has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. It may not be the first place to visit for spur of the moment ...

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Tourism a ‘Window of Opportunity’ for SA

Cape Town – Tourism is one of the best performing sectors in South Africa’s economy with its strong competitive advantage, the favourable exchange rate and the global growth in outbound tourism. James Vos MP, the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of ...

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Business Tourism Boost to SA Economy

Business tourists spend on average three times more than their leisure counterparts, which is why South Africa is going full steam ahead to secure major conferences and exhibitions. James Vos MP, the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of tourism, said South ...

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New Air Routes a Boon for Western Cape Tourism

News that Cape Town has five new air routes and four expansions received loud applause from delegates attending the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC Africa) in Cape Town. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, said a “collaborative effort” between ...

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Cape Town Pass set to Revolutionise Visitors Experience

Cape Town Pass was launched this week at Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Hotel Verde, at Cape Town International Airport, by Minister of Economic Opportunities, Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture, Mr Alan Winde. Co-Owner and founder of the Cape Town ...

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Operator vs Owner Debate at #THINCAfrica

There is great potential in Southern Africa for hotel brands, owners and investors, says hospitality consultant, Joop Demes, ahead next week’s inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference, THINC Africa, taking place in Cape Town and hosted by hotel investment ...

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DA’s James Vos to Speak at #THINCAfrica

James Vos, MP, the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of tourism, will be speaking at the inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference, THINC Africa, taking place in Cape Town on 6-7 September. Tourism is a vital component of South Africa’s ...

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Café Royale Launches Cocktail & Tapas Menu

Café Royale, located at the pristine 5-star Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, launches an all new artisanal cocktail and delectable tapas menu.  The sophisticated French-style café has extended its operating hours and is now open for dinner and drinks.   Incorporating ...

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IRONMAN Acquires Cape Epic MTB Stage Race

Major boost for Sport Tourism Events in Cape Town, South Africa as IRONMAN continues major investment into mountain bike events; 2017 Absa Cape Epic to take place from March 19-26. CAPE TOWN, South Africa/TAMPA, Fla. (August 18, 2016) – IRONMAN ...

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Cape Town Scores as Gay-friendly Destination

Surveys conducted by SCRUFF, a leading gay dating and travel app with over 10 million subscribers have uncovered that Cape Town is ranked fifth as a “surprisingly gay-friendly” destination, according to wrdetv.com. Two surveys were conducted in partnership with the ...

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Sterling Speakers, Provocative Topics for #THINCAfrica

HVS in South Africa has confirmed a sterling list of global and local speakers and topics for the upcoming inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference, THINC Africa, which is taking place in Cape Town from 6-7 September 2016. “THINC ...

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Looking to China for SA Inbound Tourists

Billions of rands are being invested into South Africa by Chinese corporations, trade delegations are coming and going on official visits, and interest in South Africa is on the rise in terms of tourism. By Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town ...

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Mapping South Africa’s Trails

Cape Town based travel company Drive South Africa has partnered with Google through the Google Street View camera loan program to capture 360-degree street view imagery of South Africa’s top wilderness, cultural and historic sites for Google Maps. By Jarred ...

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HVS Establishes Office in Cape Town

The global hospitality consulting and services group, HVS, has set up shop in Cape Town as a springboard into Africa. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Africa’s travel and tourism industry has a projected growth of 4.9% and accounts ...

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Behind the Scenes Preview of Iris Warriors Film

Iris Warriors, a global high-end dance film production, opened up its film set at the Salt River Film Studios to a select few on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, offering a rarely seen behind the scenes preview of a film in ...

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Iris Warriors: An exquisite and original story

Iris Warriors is an original story told through dance and shared through film, enhanced and brought to life with cutting edge CGI and an original score.  Written by Don Macnab-Stark and directed by Roydon Turner, Iris Warriors is currently being ...

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Red Carpet Concepts wins Iris Warriors account

Boutique PR, Marketing, Social Media and Events agency, Red Carpet Concepts, has been appointed as the official public relations and events partner for the very exciting Iris Warriors project – an original story told through dance and shared through film. ...

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Opens Cape Town Office

  As Johannesburg’s luxurious 5* Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa steps forward into new beginnings with a lustrous refurbishment soon to be introduced in all its magnificence – so too can the travel industry and corporate market welcome the opening ...

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Curtain Closes on WTM Africa 2016

“I am so impressed with quality of the buyers”, “Made great contacts for my business” “Exceeded my expectations totally.”  These are just some of the superlatives heard in the aisles of a very busy third and final day at  the ...

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Love Cape Town Neighbourhoods Videos Released

Cape Town Tourism has just announced the release of their next eagerly-awaited installments in the “Love Cape Town Neighbourhoods” video series. The announcement took place as Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy is attending the world’s leading travel trade show, ...

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Countdown to Africa Travel Week begins

Image courtesy of  capetown.hotelguide.co.za With under 3 weeks to go, the anticipation is building for the 3rd edition of Africa Travel Week. Organised by Thebe Reed Exhibitions and Reed Travel Exhibitions in the week of 4-8 April 2016, three highly ...

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Experience Cape Town with the President Hotel

Cape Town is globally renowned on the business and tourist map for its beauty, its kaleidoscope of cultural events and its efficient modernity that contrasts so strikingly with the weight of its historic heritage. So it’s vital that your choice ...

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Boschendal cultivates Farm to Table Ethos

Contemporary farm to table dining shaped by the rhythm of the seasons Since its opening in April 2015 and the addition of an abundant kitchen garden expanding over five acres, the Boschendal team’s visionary Farm to Table Ethos puts the ...

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The Fall and Rise of Tintswalo Atlantic

Tintswalo Atlantic was razed to the ground in March 2015 following a wildfire that blazed its way across the Cape Peninsula. Just three days shy of their eight-month rebuild deadline Tintswalo Atlantic re-opened to the public. This story shows what ...

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