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Xenophobia in South Africa did not harm tourism sector, says Derek Hanekom

Government respond quickly on xenophobic attacks in South Africa and ensured that tourism sector had not been affected, said Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom on Thursday.


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“I recently met with the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council who said we are sending out the right messages,” said Hanekom.

Hanekom was briefing the media in Cape Town ahead of his department’s Budget Vote later on Thursday and discussed the implications of xenophobia on the sector, the effects of loadshedding, and concerns regarding new visa regulations.

“If we sustain our efforts and if we combat any xenophobia that may rear its head, we will get through this,” said Hanekom.

He added that at the recent Tourism INDABA, he engaged with over 20 of his African counterparts: “We will be visiting each of these African states to strengthen our relations.”


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All about WTM Africa 2015

WTM Africa is the leading business-to-business (B2B) exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel and tourism markets. It provides a platform to launch new products, increase brand awareness, enter new markets and to develop new business relationships. It’s a three day event which will held at Cape Town International Convention Centre.


Know all the information about WTM Africa 2015 event :

Event Venue :

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Convention Square
1 Lower Long Street
Cape Town
South Africa

Show Dates :

Wed 15th April 2015: 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 16th April 2015: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri 17th April 2015: 10:00 – 17:00
If you would like to know more about exhibiting at WTM Africa please submit the enquiry form here :

Cape town “Big 6” is now “Big 7”

Street Life of Cape Town will now become the part of Big 6. The City Walk, a new urban attraction has introduced by the Cape Town Partnership which is a collaboration between public and private sectors work together to develop, promote and maintain Cape Town Central City. Cape Town Big 6 (Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront) has now become Cape Town Big 7.

This project has been endorsed by the City of Cape Town and will unfold in the year 2015. Now from the next year, visitors will explore total seven attractions of Cape Town (Big 7) instead of exploring Big 6.

Tim Harris, head of the city’s investment directorate, said that for visitors such a route would provide an accessible and coherent means to experience Cape Town as a destination. “For locals such a route can open up the city, provide a sense of inclusivity and encourage the sense of Cape Town being a ‘crossroads’ or meeting point across divergent histories, cultures and demographics.”

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, Cape Town Partnership CEO says, “The development of a curated route or cultural precinct is something that will involve the stakeholders and participants in this story. Speaking at the AGM, she appealed to the public to work with the partnership to co-create the route. “We envision a team of stakeholders who will be able to engage with us about the narrative of this route. We want it to be authentic, and to include diverse voices and perspectives.”


   “Cape Town Partnership’s 2014 AGM”

These type of voices will include all those cultural heritages, historical landmarks, institutions and organisations which are concerned with contemporary development and public life. They will also include residents, visitors, students, artists, entrepreneurs, researchers, ambitious people and everybody who finds themselves engaging with the city.

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