Tag: Alan Winde

  • When will tourism in SA open again?

    “It will not be business as usual in the tourism sector in the post-COVID-19 era,” he said, appealing to the TBCSA to tailor-make tour packages for SADC, Africa, and Brics countries.  “This will be one of the strategies boosting regional tourism and supporting the recovery and sustainability of the tourism sector in the foreseeable future.” —…

  • 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.

  • Wesgro… gets a #Fail!

    Wesgro, the Western Cape’s trade and investment agency absorbed the province’s beleaguered destination marketing agency (Cape Town Routes Unlimited – CTRU) in April 2012.  I attended Wesgro’s AGM in October 2012 and left unimpressed.  It was all about ticking the boxes with little vision apparent.  As a slick presentation, it was a flop, relying largely…

  • What’s more important – towns, cities & villages… or regions?

    Does anybody know what region London, New York, Paris or Sydney are in?  Does anyone care?   The same goes for San Tropez, Santorini and Timbuktu. So why – in South Africa – do we make such a big deal of region and route marketing, often with names which are unknown brands?  Is it because our…

  • An open letter to Alan Winde & Andrew Boraine

    Dear Alan & Andrew Have you seen the advert below?  What do you think it will achieve? I think Langeberg Municipality will just get another under-performing, over-paid bureaucrat.  Another person to attend interminable meetings, to demonstrate their importance while the real outputs are little more than hot air and obfuscation. That R215,000 (plus benefits and…

  • “It’s just a jump to the left… And then a step to the right…”

    Recognise that?  It’s from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s astounding Time is fleeting Madness takes its toll… I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by the announcements about the closure of Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) — the Western Cape’s provincial tourism authority — and its incorporation into Wesgro — the provincial trade and investment promotion agency.…

  • “This deserves our best shot”

    The first Joint Marketing Initiative (JMI) started 10 years ago when there was a brief DA-led political alignment between the Province and the City.  It lost its way and was watered down during the ANC’s period of tenure — Wesgr0 (the trade promotion agency) was just one of the agencies that pulled out and all…

  • Tourism representatives must be accountable

    Two dates in the Western Cape raise the need for the public to hold its tourism representatives to greater accountability. September 30 is the deadline for your comments on tourism MEC Alan Winde’s plan for restructuring tourism marketing in the Western Cape. Now CapeInfo’s readers have already voted – only 10 out of 170 votes…

  • CapeInfo challenges Alan Winde’s abysmal plan

    Western Cape tourism minister, Alan Winde, has announced a plan to (once again) restructure tourism in the Province.  His new plan is a rehash of what his department tried to implement in 2002, and promises new and endless debates (plus costs) about a new trading name, corporate identity, etc. Since it was established in 2003,…

  • A Political Foefie*

    Way back in 2002, CapeInfo identified the need for a photo opportunity at Cape Agullhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Something that vistors would want to be photographed with and show off back home — like the backdrop of Table Mountain or the shark tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium. We discussed the idea of…