Category: Destination brands

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions

    I was asked to join the board of directors of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR)  in July 2014. An honour indeed; or so I thought.  This area encompasses one of the most beautiful regions anywhere in the world.  It embraces more opportunities than challenges.  It has — by virtue of its inhabitants, landowners and…

  • A Tribute to the Firefighters…

    This is a tribute to all South African firefighters, disaster management and emergency rescue personnel… to all the volunteers and the grateful public who help where they can.  Cape Town’s fire which is still burning saw volunteers with Working with Fire come from as far as the Free State and Eastern Cape provinces. The following…

  • CapeInfo’s new rating criteria for towns & cities

    In the next few days, we’ll be re-introducing ratings & reviews for destinations — towns & cities.  And it’s been a challenge to try to do it better and more appropriately.  The 21st century is different — it’s about social media, experiential travel, digging deeper and being more aware.  It’s about caring and being environmentally-aware. …

  • The problem with tourism is… usually the people who are supposed to run it

    I was asked to join the board of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) last year and was given the marketing portfolio. Now, the CWBR is mandated by UNESCO, the Western Cape’s Biosphere Reserves Act and MOUs with national &  local government departments to address growth in tourism within the Reserve in such a way that…

  • The Law is an Ass – open letter to Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

    Dear Derek I hope you’re going to be speaking to your colleagues now that a list of the National Key Points has been published.  I’m sure you also didn’t know when you were breaking the law before government was forced by the courts to let us know which laws we are breaking before we break…

  • Tale of two annual reports, two divergent corporate cultures

    One is an organisation I admire greatly.  The other is one I used to admire.  And it all came into focus when I just happened to read both their annual reports in one week. Wesgro’s annual report is a monster and reminded me of City of Cape Town reports prior to 1976, when departments tried…

  • Take a straw poll, Wesgro… you might be surprised

    The previous post on this blog expressed our dismay with Wesgro.  In our recent newsletter, we stated that Wesgro (Western Cape destination marketing agency) hadn’t delivered on the good news they promised (and noted key staff losses amid poor ongoing communication). Judy Lain, Wesgro’s chief marketing officer, responded to the newsletter with the following email. …