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The CTICC team is working with the cashless system provider, Howler, as well as festival organisers, espAfrika, to offer attendees a seamless food and beverage experience at the CTIJF which takes place on 23 & 24 March 2018.
Cashless systems reduce queues, speed-up payments and make transacting in a busy festival-environment safer – some of the main reasons the CTICC is implementing the Howler cashless platform for largescale events such as the CTIJF.
Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer of the CTICC, said: “The CTIJF attracts over 35 000 festival-goers over two days. As the festival venue, the CTICC operates 11 public bars with over 300 staff. Making transactions easier, faster and safer is a win-win for everyone concerned. For delegates, a cashless platform offers a seamless customer experience across all vendors at the festival. The system is run offline which means no speed point, Wi-Fi or ATM failures or cash problems like getting the right amount of change. For clients and venues, a cashless system enhances reconciliation, stocktaking and reporting processes at the end of the event giving you more accurate data to plan future events. Music festivals and large-scale public events across the world are now becoming cashless environments as user-friendly digital solutions transform the event management landscape. We are very eager to work with our partners on this ‘event first’ and to see the cashless system in action.”
All bars, food vendors and exhibitors throughout the festival’s public space will use the CTICC Cashless powered by Howler system exclusively with no cash and credit card payments accepted. Festival-goers are encouraged to load their spending money for the event on the cashless card from the get-go. However, attendees can purchase artist merchandise and Rosies Stage tickets with cash or bank cards.
Festival Director Billy Domingo is excited to bring this new service to the CTIJF audience, saying: “The CTIJF has always been about putting our festival-goer at the heart of the event. Whether this is listening to the requests for artists, or the need for a more convenient digital payment system that negates the need to carry cash. Taking today’s digitally-advanced society into account, we will be working with the CTICC’s appointed cashless service provider – Howler. This will make transactions quicker so people can spend more time listening to their favourite acts and not missing any highlights.”
How it works:
- When arriving at the festival, follow the directions to one of the three conveniently-located CTICC Cashless Top-Up stations.
- You will be given a Howler cashless card onto which you will load money using cash or card (debit or credit card accepted). There will be no fees to purchase or load the card.
- Use the Cashless Card to tap-and-go at bars and food vendors.
- Top up the card at any point during the festival at one of the CTICC Cashless Top-Up stations
- Your card balance will be provided on each transaction.
- Cash out any remaining money after the event (cash-outs are available 72 hours post-event) through the Howler website straight into your bank account at no additional cost.
For more information on using the cashless payment system, visit the Cape Town International Jazz Festival website.
Lourenço Sebastião Sambo, Director General of Mozambique’s Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX), says the nation recently hosted a senior South African delegation led by the Department of Trade and Industry. “The delegation was in Mozambique early this month to identify and explore trade and investment opportunities. And later this month, the first ‘Mozvest Conference’ will be held in Cape Town to outline investment opportunities in this African neighbour.”
He says there are solid reasons for South African investors to invest in Mozambique. Here are his top five.
ONE: The growing economy
Mozambique is anticipating investments in the energy sector (electricity) of over US$D10 billion in the coming 10 years as well as significant investment in the oil and gas sector (Anadarko LNG plant), graphite (various mining concessions have commenced), tourism sector – across the country, traversing the extensive coastline – and the agricultural sector. The International Monetary Fund and Mozambique government predict GDP growth of 5.3% in 2018, with inflation expected to be below 10% according to the Governor Central Bank. A Deloitte 2017 report calls Mozambique’s economic prospects positive.
With peace re-established, the country‘s macroeconomic stability is secure and Mozambique’s world-class endowments are creating attractive destinations for investment. At the conference, all opportunities will be explored, with advice on upcoming opportunities, benefits and success stories, prospective challenges and agile strategies in terms of finances and legalities.
TWO: Oil and gas
Mozambique is Africa’s third-largest holder of liquefied natural gas (LNG), with reserves of around 180 trillion cubic feet. Two main consortiums – one headed by the Texas-based Anadarko and the other by Italian ENI – will ensure that Mozambique becomes a major exporter by 2023.
Investment opportunities around natural gas abound in areas such as the supply of equipment driven by the construction of gas plants. The LNG development plan includes two 180,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks, condensate storage, a multi-berth marine jetty, and associated utilities and infrastructure. ENI’s development plan foresees the drilling and completion of six subsea wells in addition to the construction and installation of an advanced technology FLNG with a future onshore liquefaction facility. Further major opportunities exist in the oil and gas sector; for example, Anadarko LNG Plant has pledged US$20bn to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.
Nial Kramer, CEO of SAOGA (South African Oil and Gas Activities) says, “Fostering synergy between Mozambique as an economic frontier and SA as a mature economic force will be vital in the development of the gas market in Mozambique and in ensuring that these considerable natural reserves are used as an opportunity to spur inter-regional trade and development opportunities.”
Mozambique has commercially important deposits of coal (high-quality coking coal and thermal coal), ruby, graphite, iron ore, titanium, apatite, marble, bentonite, bauxite, kaolin, copper, gold, and tantalum. It also holds some of the world’s largest untapped coal deposits. The company Vale from Brazil has made major investments in a coking coal mine. It was followed by some other players from Australia and India. With the current investment in infrastructure in the country and expectation that mining costs in South Africa will rise considerably over the coming years, Mozambique could gain a regional competitive advantage.
Mining and refinery equipment, maintenance services and machinery, automation equipment and other efficiency improving services will be needed to improve the profitability of the current and upcoming mining projects, providing investment opportunities for a company with such expertise.
The most recent World Economic Forum report on competitiveness called Mozambique one of the top ten tourist destinations that are expected to record greater growth in demand for leisure travel in the next decade. With pristine beaches and famed hospitality, Mozambique has all the makings of the next ‘Reunion’ or ‘Seychelles.’ The Government of Mozambique has chosen the tourism sector as one of the four priority sectors for investment in the current governmental cycle.
Tourism is also an important source of inclusive business and poverty reduction in Mozambique. This sector can boost competitiveness, expand economic opportunity and provide a pathway to prosperity. Tourism is one industry in the world where the goods or services are consumed at the site of production. It can also be an excellent mechanism for channelling resources from rich to poor. Commercial tourism activities provide an opportunity for local people to participate in direct employment, in providing goods and services to tourism businesses through the supply chain, but also through direct interaction with the tourist (for example crafts, excursions, food and beverage). The generation of earnings among those local people directly involved with the industry, in turn, stimulates indirect spend (of wages) in the local economy.
FIVE: Tax credits
Mozambique applies the unilateral method for the avoidance of double taxation of income to resident companies and the permanent establishment of non-resident companies. This makes the trading environment very favourable for corporates.
Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 18 to 20 April 2018, WTM Africa is set to once again showcase the beauty of the African continent,, while providing the opportunity for travel trade members to build even further than the impressive US$365-million worth of business conducted since WTM Africa 2017.
This year, the Africa Travel Week team will introduce a variety of innovations, new events and even more networking opportunities than ever before, including:
- NEW! A veritable feast of experiential activities will be taking place during WTM Africa to convey the incredible wonders that the African continent holds
- NEW! WTM Africa has introduced its Festival Programme where stand-holders taking part in end-of-show parties will showcase their culture, music, hospitality and cuisine, offering delegates the opportunity to sample different food and drink from around the world
- A host of international speakers from across the globe will focus on pertinent topics affecting the modern travel industry, as well as look to identify trends in the African travel market
- As announced in 2017, SETE 2018 will take place during Africa Travel Week, creating discussions around bidding and hosting major international events, and promote local events
- The African Responsible Tourism Awards will showcase the greenest and most sustainable tourism products in Africa
- The Women in travel Meetup at WTM Africa 2018 will consist of a half-day programme inclusive of panel debates, group mentoring sessions and the opportunity to network
- Business Events Conference powered by IBTM Africa will present content focusing on how to unite African MICE venues and products with highly-qualified meeting and event planners
- E-Tourism Frontiers will once again present the latest technology and digital marketing trends globally
Don’t miss out on all the latest details and the opportunity to attend this year’s show in Cape Town: Register now WTM Africa 2018 by visiting africa.wtm.com!
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Key findings from the respondent’s answers show that wine tourism in the Western Cape has grown by 16% between 2016 and 2017. This is further evidenced by tour operators indicating that 99% of Cape Town-based itineraries include a trip to the Winelands.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris said: “There is a multitude of factors that have influenced the awareness of South Africa as a wine tourism destination. Positive media coverage and internationally recognized wine awards have generated interest and investment in the evolving local wine industry. Specialist wine tour companies have done much in the way of showcasing boutique, off-the-beaten-track wine producers and properties, further enhancing the perception of quality and promoting the Winelands as an essential stop on itineraries.”
Spending patterns of wine tourists, in particular, indicate higher than average expenditure than general tourists while visiting the Western Cape. This illustrates another important aspect of wine tourism as a means of enhancing economic growth through tourism in the Western Cape.
Respondents indicated that offering tailor-made tours was the most important aspect of selecting a wine tour, allowing tourists to immerse themselves in authentic experiences rather than scheduled or packaged tours. This is further supported by the growing interest in unique activities like food and wine pairings (68%), cellar tours (54%), meeting the winemaker (51%) and food and wine tasting events (49%).
Harris added: “While established wine destinations like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Constantia remain the most popular with visitors, there was a 43% increase in requests for the Hermanus (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley) wine route between 2016 and 2017, thereby surpassing Paarl as the 4th most popular wine route. Other wine routes like the Swartland, Helderberg, and Robertson Valley also experienced significant increases.”
Sustainability plays a growing role in the wine industry, evidenced by the fact that 85% of wine tourists feel that sustainability is important when making bookings. Practices like organic farming, social equality, carbon neutrality as well as biodynamic winemaking and farming practices are important considerations for wine tourists when booking their trip.
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, added: “Growing wine tourism is one of the key goals we set ourselves through Project Khulisa, our focused economic strategy to grow the economy and create jobs in our province. The growth we are able to report today shows that we are on track in delivering on our objective. This is an important sector because it creates jobs for locals in both urban and more rural areas by driving the regional spread of tourists. The success we are seeing is as a result of the excellent service and unique experiences we offer, driving visitors to return for more.”
A report on this annual study is available for use by members of the food, wine, hospitality and tourism industries and for members of the general public. The report goes a long way to enhancing the understanding of the relevant industries and aims to enhance and improve the quality of experience that tourists receive when visiting South Africa. The report can be obtained by contacting Explore Sideways at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made up of 50 Australian agents and two from New Zealand, this bumper MegaFam trip is the result of a fruitful partnership between South African Tourism, South African Airways and Flight Centre, Australasia’s largest retail travel agency.
Agents were given an attractive incentive: those who sold the most SAA flight tickets in September and October last year would earn a spot on the MegaFam trip to South Africa. Those who notched up the most sales booked their place on the trip and went on to complete the SA Specialist training course, equipping them with the knowledge to sell South Africa as a destination.
Now, staggered throughout the first three weeks of March, six groups of Australasian Flight Centre travel agents will be enjoying six different weeklong itineraries showcasing an array of attractions across the length and breadth of the country, says Sthembiso Dlamini, Chief Operating Officer of South African Tourism.
“We view Australasia as an international market with high growth potential, and would like Australians and New Zealanders to explore more of what South Africa has to offer when they come here on holiday or to visit friends and family.”
“That’s why we are excited about this opportunity to partner with and equip the Australasian travel trade to confidently sell South Africa as a value-for-money destination offering a wealth of diverse experiences. Through initiatives such as these familiarisation trips, we hope to make further inroads into achieving our 5-in-5 goal of attracting five million more tourists by 2021.”
She says that the itineraries were carefully tailored to showcase the country’s untouched wildlife, its reputation as an adventure playground, its buzzing city life, its inspiring and welcoming locals, its sun-soaked coastlines, its cultural richness and its breathtaking scenic beauty.
Each group of agents will travel to between two and four provinces, including the country’s less-frequented areas, to encourage the geographic spread of tourism, adds Dlamini. “Those visiting the areas affected by the water shortage will be able to experience first-hand the country’s #WaterWiseTourism drive in action and will see that South Africa remains very much open for tourism, with responsible tourism practices becoming entrenched as the “new normal”.
Furthermore, in this, the year marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the agents will have the opportunity to walk in Madiba’s footsteps, visiting some of the sites around South Africa where this global icon left his indelible mark.
Adds Dlamini: “We are also proud to be empowering the local people who are best equipped to highlight the attractions in our various provinces, by enlisting, wherever possible, the services of regional tour operators that are Lilizela Tourism Award winners and finalists, as well as exceptional small businesses.
Taking place from 7 to 12 March 2018 at the Messe Berlin in Germany, ITB Berlin saw about 10 000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries showcasing their products and services to the world’s most influential travel buyers and trade visitors. The exhibition attracts more than 160 000 visitors in total every year.
The South African tourism businesses on proud display in Berlin include tour operators, airlines, hotels, game reserves, lodges and provincial and city tourism authorities. Significantly, among them will be small tourism businesses from some of the nine provinces in South Africa, whose presence at ITB is being subsidized by the South African government to give them preferential access to the international market.
Said Ntshona: “We want to show the world that South Africa’s tourism industry remains very much open for business. As the global debate on over-tourism takes centre stage at ITB 2018, we’ll be seizing this chance to show how challenges such as water shortage present South Africa with the unprecedented opportunity to become a flag bearer for a responsible, inclusive and flourishing tourism industry.”
Ntshona explained that many tourism businesses in South Africa, including major hotel groups, were pioneering innovative methods to conserve and recycle water. This, coupled with South African Tourism’s long-standing focus on promoting tourism in the less-visited provinces, encouraging travel during off-peak months and boosting small black-owned tourism enterprises, means that South Africa is living the mantra of sustainable tourism development.
“We plan to use the highly visible platform of ITB to continue showcasing South Africa as a desirable, value-for-money travel destination with an appealing diversity of tourism experiences,” Ntshona said. “Europe is pivotal to our strategy to attract five million additional international and domestic tourists in five years, by 2021. In fact, Germany is one of our top source market in Europe. Between January and December last year, 350 000 Germans – 12% more than the previous year – travelled to South Africa.
“Tourism is such a powerful catalyst for job creation, inclusive economic growth and meaningful empowerment and therefore we are extremely serious about retaining and increasing the strong foothold we have in Europe and across the world. We are eager to address and dispel any negative sentiments there may be around the water situation in Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. Tourism activities around the country are still in full swing, but the only difference is we have to all embrace the ‘new normal’ that comes with climate change.
“Also, in the year marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, we will be commemorating his life and legacy at ITB by encouraging people to come and walk in Madiba’s footsteps. Through special deals and holiday packages, tourists can visit some of the sites across the country that shaped this global icon’s life. By downloading the ‘Madiba’s Journey’ app featuring more than 100 tourist attractions, pilgrims can personalise Tata’s journey and make it their own.”
Geared to be East Africa’s greenest hotel, the 106-room, five-star hotel follows on the success and worldwide recognition of Hotel Verde, Africa’s greenest hotel, at Cape Town Airport. Commissioned by owner and Zanzibar-born businessman, Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, the Zanzibar project was contracted to South African-based Verde Hotels, which was responsible for the construction and development, through to the opening of the hotel, and included marketing and management of the new hotel.
The inclusion of sustainable strategies at the initial phases of construction allowed for sustainable strategies to be implemented. Some elements included renewable energy generation, reticulated grey and black water recycling systems, waste management, a heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) system and regenerative drive elevators. Having followed the criteria of the Green Building Council of South Africa, it will be managed and operated as a certified sustainable establishment, offering a carbon-efficient stay.
Calvin Boia, a member of the Verde Hotels executive team managing the opening of the Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa, commented: “This is an extremely exciting time not only for us at Verde Hotels but also for Zanzibar tourism – the destination is gaining huge recognition as a sought-after holiday and conference hot-spot and the hotel will add even more value. We have combined five-star luxury with sustainable strategies and offer a range of fantastic facilities and activities. We are looking forward to seeing families, conference groups and all our guests enjoy the fruits of our carefully thought-out hotel.”
Situated 2km from Stone Town and within walking distance of the beach, the venue offers a spa, a gym that is equipped with energy-generating equipment, three restaurants, conference facilities, a gaming room, kids’ club, entertainment, jet skis and water sports. Future plans include the completion of a marina and a waterpark, which is already under construction.
A resurgence in stargazing has seen a marked increase in astro tourism to many countries, particularly those in high-latitude parts of the world where the aurora borealis or australis (Northern or Southern Lights) can be viewed.
In 2017, the total solar eclipse in the U.S. resulted in a major tourist boom across a belt from Oregon to South Carolina, as people made their way en masse from big towns seeking a clearer, less light-polluted sky from which to observe this rare phenomenon.
Hotels, lodges and national parks were overwhelmed with the sheer amount of human traffic arriving on their doorsteps –– which was great for local, off-the-grid economies.
Africa has not been left behind in the astro tourism craze. The continent is regarded as having an edge over sprawling metros and urbanised hubs, where the night sky is almost never seen.
In the northern hemisphere, air pollutants and light pollution continue to cloud skies, leaving 60 percent of city dwellers in Europe and 80 percent in the U.S. unable to view the stars or our Milky Way galaxy.
This is why areas in Africa that lie far from large cities are prime destinations for this trending vacation activity. Moreover, most of Africa enjoys clear night skies for a good proportion of the year.
The best places to witness the heavens
While it’s a challenge to identify any particular African destination as “better” than another for celestial exploration, there are a few affordable spots where local tourism and hospitality bodies have set up dedicated, professional astro tourism facilities:
The Namibian wilderness draws hundreds of avid stargazers each year. The NamibRand Reserve is a pristine conservation area set up by the Namibian government to facilitate the protection of the area’s unique ecosystem. The pitch-black night sky that can only be truly experienced in the desert has recently been dubbed the “Dark Sky Reserve” by the International Dark Sky Association.
Where to stay: The uber-luxurious andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in the northern part of the reserve is the perfect setting for incredible celestial views. Only 20 guest beds are available at any given time, to limit the negative impact of high-volume tourism traffic to this unique reserve.
Botswana’s majestic Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pan and Kalahari Desert are prime destinations for night-sky observation.
Botswana is the new kid on the astro tourism scene, with an abundance of great mobile tented camps and luxury lodges available that get the balance between rustic safari and African glamour just right, while offering guests a chance to seriously contemplate the cosmos.
To ensure a brilliant sky, the dry season is the best time to observe the heavens. Summer means plenty of rainfall, so the winter months of June to August are ideal for stargazing. Botswana’s latitude gives visitors unsurpassed views of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and several annual meteor showers.
Home to the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the largest single-optic telescope in the southern hemisphere (SALT), the quaint town of Sutherland in the semi-desert Karoo is an international magnet for astronomers. Very few places in the world offer guests the opportunity to view deep space with as much intense detail as SALT does.
In October 2017, SALT and SAAO telescopes joined an unprecedented international collaboration to investigate the first detected gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars. The research findings might be the biggest news for astrophysics in the modern era.
Book now: SAAO hold regular astronomy tours for adults and children when weather permits. However, due to Sutherland’s remote location, booking is essential to avoid disappointment upon arrival.
For more information on booking a tour that will leave you starstruck, visit SALT here.
The ancient San peoples of Southern Africa refer to the Milky Way as “the spine of the night” –– an important fixture in folklore and early belief systems about the world and our place in it. As they were to ancient astronomers and are to modern-day astrophysicists, the stars are pivotal to us understanding our place in the solar system.
So while it is doubtful that all the secrets of deep space will be unlocked in our lifetimes, an African safari to observe these faithful companions of both our ancient ancestors and ourselves has lots to recommend it.
How much do you think an African stargazing safari costs? Visit Discover Africa’s Safari Cost Estimator to tailor an experience to suit your budget.
The conference provides an opportunity for municipalities in the district and the private sector to engage on a one-on-one basis with investors and will include delegations from Singapore, Sweden and China.
The conference took place over two days: 07 – 08 March 2018. Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, addressed the gathering, with Wesgro’s Head of Investment Promotion, James Milne.
As part our mandate to assist with investment promotion across the Western Cape, the Wesgro Investment Promotion Unit, also leads business-to-business meetings and assists local companies in their engagement with prospective investors. Our trade team provided an overview on how to become export ready.
Wesgro’s support for the Garden Route Investment Conference forms part of our #CapeConfidence campaign. This campaign aims to inspire investor confidence in our provincial economy. This was critical in the face of numerous national and international challenges that were being encountered.
In June last year, we kicked off the campaign with a special workshop on how our province would respond to the credit ratings downgrades. This was followed by two additional seminars in the Cape Winelands and the West Coast. We are now equally excited to be visiting the Garden Route, and look forward to using this important opportunity to get the message out that the Western Cape is open for business.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, viewed this conference as an opportunity to show investors that the Western Cape has many exciting prospects for business. “Between 2006 and 2015, the Garden Route district’s economy grew at an average rate of 4.8%, while total exports grew by 45% in the same period, accounting for over R2 billion. This is an excellent story to share with investors from around the world. Our Investment Promotion Unit are ready to assist in landing these investments, by helping cut red tape, and we encourage all delegates at the conference to make use of this important in-house capacity at Wesgro.”
The key sectors being highlighted include agri-processing, aviation, education and training, finance, business services, real estate, ICT, light manufacturing, oil & gas, timber, tourism, waste beneficiation and clean energy.
Now well established as the most influential, most prestigious awards in the media, entertainment and technology industry, the IBC Innovation Awards continue to reflect the very latest in the use of technology to engage and excite audiences.
“The IBC Innovation Awards are the awards that everyone in our industry wants to win,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “We see projects from around the world, from the biggest players to exciting new providers, all competing to win one of our coveted awards. The quantity and quality of entries continue to grow each year, and this year we are sure that we will see an ever more diverse set of nominations, which means an even tougher task for our judges.”
The IBC Innovation Awards are unique, celebrating collaboration to achieve real-world goals. Whereas new products are the focus of other industry awards, the IBC Innovation Awards are won by companies who have drawn on the latest technologies to create proven solutions that find new ways to meet today’s creative, commercial and technical challenges.
The three categories that make up the programme are content creation, content distribution and content everywhere. The international panel of independent industry figures also has the power to award a Judges’ Prize, which in the past has gone to organisations as diverse as French Canadian online content creator Groupe Média TFO and NASA, who accepted their award live from the International Space Station.
Michael Lumley, Chair of the judging panel, said “It does not matter where the nomination comes from, nor the size and scale of the project. Winners can be the biggest multi-national broadcasters, or they can be app developers with a very specific audience. What the judges are looking for is innovation and collaboration in all its forms to solve a real-world challenge, something that makes the content more engaging or more commercially successful.
“Whether you are established in the broadcast sector or focused on emerging technologies that are disrupting the industry, we encourage companies of all sizes and from across the industry to submit an entry for the IBC Innovation Awards – remember innovation is key!”
All entries will benefit from the dedicated marketing programme surrounding the awards and are invited to attend the awards ceremony, which takes place during IBC on Sunday 16 September in the RAI Auditorium, Amsterdam.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 23 April.
Full details on how to enter can be found at show.ibc.org/InnovationAwards.