The topical debate around open skies is one that has preoccupied tourism for some time now and is centered around authorities spending millions on destination marketing yet raising the barriers to travel due to unreasonable taxes, air access issues, and cumbersome visa processes.
Responsible Tourism is tourism “that creates better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.”
Cape Town has always been Africa’s unofficial design capital and is marked by the ingenuity and entrepreneurial nature of its citizens – who make clever use of recycled materials, and produce cost-effective products which, at the same time, provide employment.
The travel industry looked to the World Travel Market (WTM) event to lead on this year’s World Responsible Tourism Day through a wealth of debates and presentations on conscious tourism practice, as well as the awarding of the 2012 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards (winners had not been announced at time of release).
As a world-class city blessed with abundant natural beauty; memorable cuisine; endless wine lands; and a fascinating, multi-layered urban heart, Cape Town is renowned for having effortless grace when it comes to sharing the best in life.
In the wake of the news that the City of Cape Town will now lead the destination marketing of Cape Town, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism CEO has pledged that her organisation will remain a dynamic industry organisation delivering tourism destination marketing and visitor services in line with its constitution.
Cape Town in South Africa is expecting a massive influx of extra visitors in the next three months without many of them actually going to the city in real life (as yet). These will be virtual visitors experiencing the delights of the Cape via a world-first Facebook-based travel app.
The Loerie Awards may be the highlight of September’s creative calendar, but there is a lot on offer for visitors wanting to soak up the city’s culture, design, and creative innovation befitting a city that was recently announced as World Design Capital 2014.