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  • Is local government the saviour of or a hindrance to tourism?

    What sets the Western Cape apart from other provinces — in terms of it’s success in growing tourism — is largely the existence of membership-based, local tourism associations.  (These are a rarity in other provinces where control of tourism is more largely vested in bureaucracies with political agendas.)  The South African Constitution mandates tourism as […]

  • Tourism’s next big challenge

    We survived the Ebola panic; we survived the Visa fiasco (and hopefully South Africa will still catch up with Ethopia in making visas easily obtainable).  Now government is taking steps which threaten to damage tourism from the inside, showing a complete lack of understanding for how the industry works.

  • Cape Town Drought: When the political system fails…

    The Joint Association Member Meeting (JAMMS) held its biggest ever meeting when over 600 people from the tourism and hospitality industries came to interact with the City of Cape Town and Provincial government over plans for Day Zero – the day most taps are turned off and even stricter water rationing starts – now set…

  • No relief in sight for Cape Town’s drought

    Cape Town may have had the biggest storm in 30 years, but the winter rainfall has been far below averages. What makes the situation more acute is the fact that there are no reserves — last year experienced similarly low rainfalls.  See the pink line.

  • Tips for surviving the Western Cape’s water crisis

    On June 1, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) follows in Eskom’s infamous electricity loadshedding footsteps and plans to introduce watershedding.  Poor planning and management means that Capetonians will be inconvenienced and suffer hardships, but what does it mean for the Province’s tourism industry — its economic lifeblood? Visiting Cape Town — and many of…

  • If dams go dry – what it means for tourism in Cape Town

    The latest forecast for Cape Town’s rainfall in June, July and August is that it will be 40% below annual averages.  And there are predictions that this drought could last at least two years.  Cape Town could become the first world city to simply run out of water due to bad management and too much…

  • South Africa slips in World Economic Forum Tourism Competitiveness Index

    The Asian Tourism Century is Arriving as Japan, China, South Korea and India Boost Region’s Tourism-Friendliness while South Africa drops five places. Asia has most improved its tourism-friendliness of all regions, the 2017 World Economic Forum’s global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index reveals today Japan (fourth, up five places), China (15th, up two) and India…

  • Best News for Cape Town in a long time

    The freeways to nowhere on Cape Town’s Foreshore have been a feature of the city for over four decades.  Redevelopment of 6 hectares of the Foreshore should start by the end of next year and will see a big reduction in the traffic congestion where the N1 Freeway enters the city and meets the intersections…

  • 10 statistics that will leave the rest of South Africa green with envy

    Buried in Premier Helen Zille’s state of the province speech‚ delivered on Friday in the Western Cape legislature‚ were 10 statistics that will leave the rest of South Africa green with envy. Unemployment is 13.8 percentage points lower than the national average‚ and rural unemployment (14%) is the lowest since records began. 56% of mortgage…

  • Transformation: “education levels provide the transformation ceiling”

    Finally some common sense!  The following comes from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) and emphasizes that education and skills training needs to be addressed before even more meaningful transformation can take place.  And government’s track record for education is abysmal.  So, until government gets it act together on education, everything else is wishful thinking.…