That’s Calvyn Gilfellan’s take on the criticisms and reportage on Cape Town Routes Unlimited. You can read his full media statement here.
We believe that this extraordinary barrage of unfounded attacks being directed at us is not random or co-incidental and that it serves the selfish interests of a few.
The negative things that are being said about us are just plain lies.
We will not waste our energies on a tit-for-tat media game.
We will choose the time and place of communicating our good news to the world.
He doesn’t say what the lies are and one has to wonder why has hasn’t shot those lies down in flames to prove his point. Why didn’t he respond to Simon’s comments in this blog (click here – and it’s not Simon Grindrod) or anything that was said?
CapeInfo has tried to engage him and CTRU for four years with no success. So he gets CapeInfo’s “Global Award for the Tourism CEO who most needs to go on a Dale Carnegie Course.” CTRU has PR consultants and they have in the past, but they don’t know how to use them.
He also claimed that funding the transformation of the industry is not high on the City’s agenda. The City’s response to that came from:
Simond Grindrod –
Transformation in the tourism sector is best served from a platform of success. Perpetuating mediocrity and inefficiency in destination marketing will help neither the destination nor efforts at transformation within the sector as a whole.
Transformation happens at the sharp end of the business, not by having fancy seminars at expensive resorts or spending untold millions on gimmicky campaigns that nobody understands or supports.
CTRU’s most recent press release is a clear indication that their focus is everywhere but where it should be.
Mansoor Mohamed (a former member of CTRU’s board) –
Can’t be bothered with baseless statements.