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  • Where are tourism’s Titans, and why is the tail wagging the dog?

    I am fortunate to have known some of the titans of South Africa’s tourism industry — Sol Kerzer of Southern Sun & Sun International, Hans Enderle of City Lodge, David Jack of the V&A Waterfont (who I worked with for 25 years) and many others.  I miss people like them in today’s tourism industry.  <!– […]

  • Tourism: Lessons for Government

    Science isn’t cast in stone The last lecture of my Bachelor of Science course at university was presented by our professor.  As Prof Engelbrecht finished, he looked at us all for a long time, and then said that this was the end of this stage of our studies.  “The most important advice I can give…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Why the world needs to redefine tourism now!

    httpv://youtu.be/6H265K8bAJQ Are you one in a billion? If you travelled internationally in 2015 then you are. In fact you are 1 in 1.2 billion. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation that’s how many international trips were made last year. And by 2030 it will be nearly 2 billion. 2030. 2 billion people. Spending…

  • How can you manage what you can’t measure?

    Here’s a question mainly for people in the SA tourism industry – which should mean all South Africans! Having visited many tourism offices around SA, one can’t help wondering, “Are they just info offices, or do they actively market to a far wider audience?”  Do they match the expectations of paying members?  Do they give…

  • Say No! to toll roads in Cape Town

    The SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants to introduce toll roads on the N1 and N2 between the city and the Winelands.  The City of Cape Town has objected and declared an intergovernmental dispute. The story first appeared, as far as I know, in The Sowetan – Cape Town not happy with tolls. SANRAL’s website…

  • New levy for Cape Town motorists & Chartered Accountants

    US Major League baseball team, Californian Angels, which has global trademark rights to “CA”, has announced that all Cape Town (CA) motorists and all Chartered Accountants in SA who use the initials CA behind their name, will have to pay a levy in future. The amount of the levy has not been disclosed at this…

  • The reason for Limpopo’s road carnage?

    A team of only ten traffic officers with four vehicles is responsible for patrolling the whole of Limpopo province’s major routes for moving traffic violations.  And two of those vehicles are frequently withdrawn from use to serve as VIP escourts. That’s what I was told by a senior official in Limpopo’s department of roads, with…