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Even the Good Hope Centre looks good during the Loeries. Great decision to move it from Margate to Cape Town

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Cape Town to host Goju Ryu Karate Federation World Championships in 2013

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 806/ 2010
01 NOVEMBER 2010


Cape Town has won the bid to host the second Goju Ryu Karate Federation (WGKF) World Championships during September and October 2013.

A South African team participated in the inaugural WGKF World Championships which were held in Portugal in September this year. South Africa Goju Ryu President, Lilian Kattan, made a bid on behalf of Cape Town at this event, and the World Goju Ryu Karate Federation Congress voted unanimously in Cape Town’s favour.

The Mayor’s Office lent their support to the bid earlier this year in the hopes of promoting Cape Town as a premier events destination.

Goju Ryu is an official traditional style of Karate, practised locally and internationally. The World Goju Ryu Federation was founded in 1993 and is now a worldwide group which seeks to create a platform where Goju Ryu practitioners can engage in the sport within their own style, and at the same level of competition as the World Karate Federation.

The City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, said: “Cape Town is proud to host this competition, which will see approximately 50 countries participating. It is one of many events that positions Cape Town as Africa’s foremost events destination. We have the capacity to host world-class meetings, conferences, events, exhibitions and competitions, supported by the necessary infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and excellent service.”

“This type of event helps to promote Cape Town, while also allowing us to enjoy an exchange of cultures. We also look forward to good results from the South African team, who brought home 24 medals in this year’s competition,” he added.

Background on the Goju Ryu style of Karate
Karate has its origins in Okinawa – an island now part of Japan – and is seen as both sport and culture. It is generally classified as having two aspects, namely ‘traditional’ and ‘sport’. The traditional practice focuses more on levels of experience gained by practitioners (i.e. grading levels), whereas the sport refers to the competitive side where skills are measured against others in a tournament with standardised rules. There are different Karate styles, each with unique characteristics. This makes Karate as sport difficult, because competitors from different styles must match their skills while encompassing the differences.

Goju Ryu is an official style of Karate, practised locally and internationally. It is highly traditional, and standardising it to allow competitors to enter competitions is difficult. To address this issue, the Goju Ryu Federation was formed, to allow practitioners to engage in sport Karate within their own style, but at competition level.

In South Africa, only Karate clubs and schools that are members of Karate South Africa (KSA) are recognised by SASCOC. All members of the Goju Ryu Federation are also members of the KSA.

A South African team for the WGKF Championships was selected from medalists identified during South African tournaments over three years. The same process will be followed for the tournament in 2013.

More information is available online at http://worldgoju-ryuchampionship.com/en/ http://worldgoju-ryuchampionship.com/en/


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ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
LILIAN KATTAN, SA GOJU RYU PRESIDENT
TEL: 021 987 2291 CELL: 072 339 7175, E-MAIL: [email protected]

RULLESKA SINGH
MEDIA SPOKESPERSON: OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 1257 CELL: 082 402 4825
 

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Record Numbers Expected in Cape Town on Wednesday for Africa’s Annual Congress for the Telecoms Industry





The 13th annual AfricaCom Conference and Exhibition opens its doors on Wednesday at the Cape Town International Conference Centre for the annual gathering of Africa’s telecommunications leaders. This is expected to be the biggest show to date with 5,200 pre-registered participants (25% up on 2009) from 100 countries and a record 1,526 companies (50% up on 2009).
AfricaCom is the annual meeting place for all stakeholders in the continent’s telecoms market (operators, regulators, solutions and technology vendors, investors, analysts, banks and more) to learn about the latest trends, to share their experiences, to network and to do business. The event comprises:

  • A high-level strategic conference with 100 expert speakers (including a record 35 operators at C-level) and a multi-streamed conference programme covering all the strategic issues faced by Africa’s telecommunications stakeholders.
  • A 250-stand exhibition representing the whole telecom ecosystem: large equipment manufacturers, local infrastructure solutions vendors, operators, wholesale carriers, satellite service providers, OSS/BSS vendors, call centre solutions, green solutions vendors, and more.
  • The AfricaCom Awards which recognise excellence in Africa’s telecommunications, celebrated with a gala dinner hosted by comedian Barry Hilton, with a special appearance by Bafana-Bafana Coach Pisto Mosimane, as a UNICEF ambassador.








The multi-streamed conference programme truly reflects the continent’s changing telecommunications landscape. Following years of organic growth and network expansion, operators in Africa are now looking at new strategies to increase their revenues with more data services, broadband developments, efficient networks and innovative business models. These strategies will be discussed at AfricaCom by over 100 expert speakers covering the hottest topics, including new sessions on the latest trends such as LTE, mHealth, mobile content, mobile advertising, or IPX.
Among the top speakers to look out for will be Karel Pienaar, CEO of MTN South Africa, giving an opening keynote on his company’s strategy in Africa; Marc Rennard, EVP for Africa, the Middle East and Asia at Orange Group , who will discuss his company’s aggressive growth strategy on the continent; Mickael Ghossein, CEO of one of the continent’s pioneer triple play operators Orange Telkom Kenya; and Noel Herrity, SVP for East Africa at Etisalat, talking about innovative value-added services.
These are just some of the high level names who will present, debate and share their expertise on the market, over the two days of the event. “This year more than ever,” says Julie Rey, Research Director at organizers Informa Telecoms and Media, “the group of speakers and participants at AfricaCom represents the whole range of telecommunications players in Africa: pan-African groups, local incumbent operators, new entrants, alternative service providers, wholesale carriers, satellite operators, subsea cable companies, regulators, consultants, infrastructure equipment vendors, telecoms solutions providers, investors and more.”




If you're not registered to attend, it is not too late to be there, find out more online
http://africa.comworldseries.com/congress/register
For more information on AfricaCom, please visit www.comworldseries.com/africa.




Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2010/11/04/2711194/record-numbers-expected-in-cape.html#ixzz14LqproKn
 

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Cricket: Cape Town retains New Year's Test Matches
Other venues in question

Good crowds in Cape Town sees it retaining the New Year's matches.

South Africa secure festive Test deal


Fri, 05 Nov 07:46:02 2010

South Africa will not take part in a full Test tour of Australia until at least 2021 because the two boards have clashed over the rights to host the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests.



Both countries are now guaranteed to host their lucrative home Test matches over the festive period for the next ten seasons.
Previously, South Africa played Australia away every four years during December and January.



"That was a contract that was drawn up before my time," Gerald Majola, chief executive of CSA said at the CSA road show at the Wanderers on Thursday.
"According to that agreement, we have always toured Australia over the festive season.



When the 2012-2020 FTP was being discussed we brought forward a proposal that we would play them once in Australia and once at home.



They didn't accept our proposal." Majola explained that Australia used the home Tests as tourist draw cards because of the holiday season and he even though he "understood" that reason, he decided CSA would be bullish as well.
"We thought if they don't want to tour here, we will also say we don't want to tour there during that time so we can host our own Tests." In 2008, when South Africa last toured Australia, CSA announced that the national team would not tour Down Under over the festive period again because of Australia's refusal to give up their monopoly on Test matches during that time.



South Africa went on to win the three-Test series 2-1.
Following a breakdown in discussions over tours over the holiday period, CSA managed to convince the International Cricket Council that, like Australia, it should host Test matches over the festive season every season from 2012 to 2020.



In addition, neither South Africa nor Australia will host each other in that time.



That means that Australia's visit to South Africa next year will be their last full tour until at least 2021.



They are scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in September and October 2011.
Majola added, however, that by avoiding each other during the festive season, the two teams would meet more frequently as a consequence.
"We will play Australia every year from now until 2020 but not for a full tour," Majola said.



"Once a year we will either play them in Tests or in one-day internationals but not both at the same time." South Africa are scheduled to host India this season and Sri Lanka in December 2011, with CSA keen to emulate the Australian model of creating tourist activities around the traditional Boxing Day and New Year's Tests in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.



In South Africa, the coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town have most often hosted the two, festive matches but Majola said that at least one of those venues may change.


"Durban is still in question," he said.
"We have not had very good crowds there and we've tried Port Elizabeth as an alternative.


We'll have to see how Durban responds in the future before we decide what to do.


Cape Town always had good crowds, so the New Year's Test will be held there unless something drastic happens."
 

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Gymnastics: 2013 Gym for Life World Challenge


1 November 2010. Following the resounding success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) has been keen to capitalise on the attention it received and attract other major sporting events. The International Gymnastics Federation has awarded the to Cape Town and at the beginning of December the City of Tshwane will host the Bumbo Gymnastics Cup. This international competition will be graced by the presence of some of the world’s best coaches that include Valeri Liukin, who is father and coach to Women’s Artistic world champion Nastia Liukin (USA).



Liukin is a super-star in the gymnastics world. He was an Olympic Champion in the 1988 team competition and won individual gold on the horizontal bar as well as silvers in the all-around and parallel bars. Liukin also was the first person to perform a triple back somersault in a floor routine at the 1987 European Championships in Moscow. Following his competitive career, Liukin went on to coach all-around champion Carly Patterson at the 2004 Summer Olympics and his daughter, Nastia Liukin. Under his guidance, Nastia won five medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, including the all-around gold medal. Valeri was named International Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2004 and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Liukin will be coaching the USA team at the competition and will expect great things from junior gymnast Katelyn Ohashi who placed 2nd overall at the US National Championships. However, the standard will be very high across the board as Katelyn will be taking on top gymnasts including Jessica Hogg (who represented Great Britain at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore) and South Africa’s own superstar and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist - Jennifer Khwela.


Jennifer was the only black South African athlete (able-bodied) to win an individual medal at the games in New Delhi and she will be looking to turn in a winning performance as she prepares for London 2012. Her journey, from the township where she grew up to one of South Africa’s brightest medal hopes for next Olympics games, is a beacon of success for the SAGF’s transformation and development programme.



In the men’s competition, the key battle will be between Marian Dragulescu from Romania (current World champion for both Floor and Vault) and Luke Folwell (who won 5 medals for England at 2010 Commonwealth Games). South Africa will turn to Michael Makings (who represented RSA at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in October 2010) to put in an inspired performance for the home team.


The Bumbo Gymnastics Cup takes place at the Joni Bach Sports Centre in Pretoria North on 2 December 2010 and the Matsport Centre from 3 – 4 December 2010. Competition is scheduled for the afternoon and entrance is free to the public.
 

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Cape Town Events Strategy: Where are we now?

1. Events bylaws - COMPLETE
2. Events Policy - COMPLETE
2.1 Events Advisory Committee - In Progress - to advise the city with regards to which major events to pursue, comprising CEO's and Head of major sport, non-sport and hospitality organizations e.g. CTICC, World Sport, FEDHASA

3. EVENTS STRATEGY (Major and Minor Events)


More to follow at http://futurecapetown.tumblr.com/
 

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Cape Town Events Strategy: Where are we now?

1. Events bylaws - COMPLETE
2. Events Policy - COMPLETE
2.1 Events Advisory Committee - In Progress - to advise the city with regards to which major events to pursue, comprising CEO's and Head of major sport, non-sport and hospitality organizations e.g. CTICC, World Sport, FEDHASA

3. EVENTS STRATEGY (Major and Minor Events)


More to follow at http://futurecapetown.tumblr.com/

Accelerate Cape Town recognises how Cape Town can establish itself as an iconic year-round events destination

Posted by rivalblogger on November 10, 2010
Cape Town’s reputation as a unique events destination is rapidly growing as it plays host to more and better business, cultural and sporting events. To grow Cape Town’s potential as a unique, world-class events destination throughout the year, stakeholders in the city however need to formulate clear strategies for hosting and adequately investing in top events.


This is the view of Guy Lundy, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, the business think tank and catalyst that aims, together with other stakeholders, to drive sustainable economic growth in the Cape region. Lundy was speaking at the most recent meeting of Accelerate Cape Town’s member organisations last Friday.


“Cape Town is becoming a popular events city, but it still needs to guard against complacency. Other South African cities, notably Durban, are pursuing iconic events aggressively as they too have recognized the real economic benefits of a successful events strategy,” Lundy said, addressing representatives of Accelerate Cape Town’s 43 member organisations.


Lundy pointed out that Cape Town has successfully hosted high-profile business events such as Oil and Gas Africa, the World Economic Forum, and the Time/Fortune 500/CNN Global Forum, during the World Cup. These events have proven not only that Cape Town has the capability to host large, globally-significant conferences, but that international delegates need little persuasion to visit the city. He stressed, however, that increased support from the City of Cape Town and other stakeholders including corporate sponsors, was required if the Cape economy was to reap all the benefits it could from major events.



Major events boost the local economy by hundreds of millions of rand per year, but members agreed that many Cape events are still not well-organised or marketed. This put off both potential participants and sponsors.


Rashid Lombard, the founder of the Cape Town Jazz Festival, echoed Lundy’s call for increased investment in events. He quoted independent analysis that indicates that the Jazz Festival alone added about half a billion rand to the GDP of the Cape, attracting visitors from over 22 countries and creating over 2 000 jobs for the duration of the event. “The media impact of the event is enormous. Countries around the world, including China, are sending journalists to the event,” Lombard said.


According to Lombard festival visitors stay in the Cape for an average of 6.3 days, and 90% state that they will ‘definitely’ visit the Cape again. He stressed that the impact of the Jazz Festival is not just measured economically, however. It is currently ranked 4th in the world among international Jazz Festivals, after New Orleans, Montreal and Monterey, and has positioned the Cape firmly as a globally-desirable cultural destination.


Kevin Vermaak, founder and director of the Absa Cape Epic, the toughest mountain biking stage race in the world, provided Accelerate Cape Town with further proof of the value of iconic events. Although the Absa Cape Epic started in 2004, it is already considered the Tour de France of mountain biking. In 2010, competitors from 52 countries participated in this 3x over-subscribed 8-day event. The average stay of riders in the Cape is, in fact, 15 days ; over 4 000 people, including riders, travel with the race for its duration. The race attracted many senior level business people and professional riders who had large disposable incomes and often brought their families along. Celebrity participants also raise millions for local charities during each race.


Vermaak said the international exposure the Cape gained from the race was far more extensive than the relatively small field of 1 200 competitors would indicate. “Footage of riders with Table Mountain or an elephant in a nature reserve as backdrop sets us apart as a premier adventure sport destination and is a tremendous boost to Cape Town’s brand,” Vermaak said. Global media coverage of the race, with millions of television viewers in Europe, holds massive economic benefits for the region, he maintains.
In closing, Lundy pointed out that for the Cape to continue to grow as an iconic events destination, the focus had to shift to year-round activity. While most events are traditionally clustered in the summer months, business, cultural and sporting events should take place throughout the year to capitalise on Cape Town’s superior assets: 18 five-star hotels in Cape Town versus three in Durban, improved public transport, immense natural beauty, top restaurants and entertainment and a stadium with Table Mountain as backdrop. These need to be capitalised on to ensure that accommodation, transport and security resources do not become over-stretched.


Lundy is a member of the City of Cape Town’s Events Advisory Committee, which has recently been constituted. This committee, which includes Vermaak and Lombard, as well as representatives from the CTICC and Cape Town Tourism amongst others, aims to establish a holistic events strategy for the city, and to help Cape Town to realise its potential to become South Africa’s premier events destination.


The meeting was held at member organisation Deloitte’s offices at the new Cape Quarter in Green Point.
 

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Party with PUMA in London, Sydney, Cape Town

A slew of parties dedicated to PUMA's After Hours Athletes are planned for the upcoming weeks in cities around the world, including London, Sydney and Cape Town, and anyone can attend.

A few months ago, the sports apparel brand launched an integrated advertising campaign, PUMA Social, honoring the After Hours Athlete. Instead of targeting disciplined athletes who play hard out on the basketball or tennis courts, the After Hours Athlete campaign is geared towards those who prefer partying, boozing and playing late night games, like pool and ping-pong.

On November 10, PUMA is teaming up with the hipster VICE magazine to host a night of live DJs, late night revelry and games (including darts and table tennis beer pong) at The Old Blue Last in London. Though entry is free, party-goers must RSVP in advance. A similar event, also sponsored by VICE, will be held at The Deaf Institute on November 30 in Manchester.

Other upcoming PUMA parities will be held in Melbourne, Australia (November 19), Sydney, Australia (November 25) and Cape Town, South Africa (December 2).

PUMA is hardly the first apparel brand to use social events as strategic marketing opportunities to sell its image and market its products. The annual Levi's/Fader Fort event - a Woodstock-like music festival frequented by hipsters - is a joint venture between the denim company and Fader, a magazine that covers music, culture and style. The event, which has been held for nine years in Austin, Texas and later, New York, has featured music artists Jadakiss, Peter Bjorn & John, and even Kanye West at its events.
 

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Cape Town is also cool in winter

Posted November 15th, 2010 by Gigi Edross

By Guy Lundy, Ian Bartes and Rashid Toefy

Following soon after the very successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup, which saw the building of world class hotels and other visitor infrastructure, occupancies in Cape Town have fallen into a deep trough. This is not unusual in Cape Town, which has always suffered from wild swings in passenger arrivals, hotel occupancies and restaurant profits between summer and winter.



This makes Cape Town unique in South Africa, however, with other cities experiencing much more consistent arrivals and occupancies, and it makes it very difficult for the hospitality industry to be sustainable. Owners and operators need to invest for capacity that can carry the numbers in summer, but must then survive through the depths of winter. This is one of the reasons that restaurants come and go so often in Cape Town. With 18 five-star hotels now operating in the city, we must find a way of increasing numbers of visitors during our winter period.



One of the reasons for the seasonality phenomenon in Cape Town is that we have always been seen, and continue to be perceived as, simply a leisure destination. Even publications that aim to promote Cape Town as an investment and business destination always seem to have pictures of the Waterfront, Clifton and the Winelands on their covers. Very seldom do they show conference facilities, factories or office blocks. The combination of a focus on leisure and the perception that the Cape’s winter is too awful to contemplate ensure that passenger arrivals fall off a cliff from April to May, ending up at less than half of the numbers in December and January.



If Cape Town is to grow as a global African city, it must be taken seriously as a business destination on the world map. This city offers just about everything the business traveller needs - none of which are affected by the seasons - including an award-winning airport, good shipping access, first-rate hotels, well developed infrastructure, world-class technology, some of the finest restaurants and entertainment, natural beauty, sophisticated business networks and a favourable time zone for trade with Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


A very important factor that it lacks, though, is enough direct international flights to meet business travellers’ requirements. However, this is as much a symptom of Cape Town not being seen as a serious business destination as it is a cause of globally active business people not basing themselves here. While business people need direct flights, airlines need business travellers who sit at the front of the plane – and high numbers of travellers all year round – to make direct flights financially viable.


Especially in an environment of economic downturn like the past few years, when global passenger volumes have collapsed and fare prices have dropped even faster, airlines need the security of a daily flight throughout the year to achieve economies of scale and lower costs per flight. It is very difficult to justify establishing offices and ground operations in a city where money is only made during six months of the year, although some airlines, like Lufthansa and Virgin, do even though they reduce or stop their flights altogether during the winter months. It can take up to three years to develop a viable route, so one-off spikes like that experienced with this year’s FIFA World Cup are not enough to encourage immediate growth.


Cape Town therefore needs to take a hard look at what can and should be done to grow the number of business travellers in and out of Cape Town year-round, as well as to ensure that more leisure travellers come to the city in mid-winter.
The Western Cape has for some years been considered a great destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), or what has increasingly become known worldwide as ‘business tourism’. The building of the world-renowned Cape Town International Convention Centre gave the industry new impetus after 2003 and the recent exposure during the World Cup will undoubtedly raise it another notch. After less than a decade, the CTICC is today ranked as the 34th busiest convention centre in the world for international association meetings and conferences. With plans at an advanced stage to double its capacity in the next few years, it aims to get into the world’s top 10.
The wonderful thing about conferences and exhibitions is that they can take place at any time of year. In fact they’re possibly better suited to winter since most activities take place indoors. The World Economic Forum in May and the Time/Fortune/CNN Global Forum that took place at the same time as the World Cup are good illustrations of this. Conference delegates tend to stay for shorter periods than leisure visitors, but they tend to spend more per day (it is they who will make those 18 five star hotels viable, not leisure visitors alone) and they very often come back for holidays with their families at a later stage.

To achieve growth in the conferencing and exhibition scene, the Western Cape must tap further into the industries that have a natural home in the Cape, such as food and wine, oil and gas, boatbuilding and ship repair, design, film, technology, renewable energy, business process outsourcing, medical research or asset management.
Conference venues in the Winelands, the Overberg and the West Coast can capitalise on the tranquillity and brilliant green landscapes of winter, which contrast spectacularly with the brown and burnt countryside found further north during this time of the year. Couple this with images of red wines being drunk in thatched cottages by roaring fireplaces, and we can start to blend business and pleasure in a most agreeable way.
The Irish and Scottish have been marketing terrible weather very effectively for centuries. Ireland’s “Emerald Isle” is as effective a rebranding as was the name change from the Cape of Storms to the Cape of Good Hope; it is emerald green because it seldom stops raining. While our wines substitute for the whisky and Guinness of those countries, our local cuisine wins hands down – Haggis and potatoes simply can’t compete with crayfish and roast lamb.

We must stop telling ourselves (and seemingly anyone else who will listen) that we have terrible, wet and cold winters. It took the success of the World Cup to awaken many Capetonians and visitors to how vibrant and fun the city can be during this time. Five of the eight matches that we hosted were in glorious sunshine. We should instead be working together more effectively to market our “green season” to business and leisure travellers alike.

This cool and green season actually has significant appeal to travellers from several markets that we currently don’t focus on. From June to August, places like the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong become unbearably hot and humid. People living in those areas develop a desperate yearning for rain, snowy mountains and fresh, green fields. Australia and New Zealand have recognised this and have been cashing in on Asian travellers during their winter seasons for some time.

With the world changing around us at breakneck speed, it’s probably time we started looking more seriously at actively targeting new source markets. Cape Town’s biggest source markets are still the (heavily indebted) UK, Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. But if the Airbus Global Marketing Forecast is to be believed, Sub-Saharan African growth in air traffic is expected to be higher than much of the rest of the world over the next 20 years. There are however still very few direct flights from Cape Town to other African destinations. If we are to truly establish ourselves as a gateway to Africa, then this pattern must change.

Some flights have recently been established between Cape Town and new regional destinations like Luanda and the Seychelles. Both of these destinations are good examples of flights being introduced due to business demand. The Luanda flight is a reaction to the growth of Cape Town as a regional services hub for the African oil and gas exploration industry, and the demand for the Seychelles flight has come about as a result of phenomenal growth in demand for island property by Cape Town-based buyers. Yields on these routes must remain high for them to become fully established and for frequencies to be increased.


One possible way to do this, especially in winter, is to position Cape Town as a major retail destination for devoted shoppers. In comparison to Europe, Asia and the United States, we have very little in the way of big end of season sales. There is definitely room to create a “Great Cape Town Sale” in July and August, when everything, from accommodation to restaurants to trousers and blouses, is marked down. Much like similar co-ordinated efforts in New York, Paris and Singapore, we could attract plane loads of affluent bargain hunters from the African continent, the Middle East and even as far away as Latin America.

The City of Cape Town has also acknowledged that hosting major events throughout the year is critical to unlocking economic growth for the city and levelling out seasonality. It has even put together an events advisory committee, although unfortunately it has not been forthcoming with critical funding to support these big events in a significant way.

The City must develop a more aggressive approach to keeping existing and attracting new big events that support our aspirations as a global city. We are up against competitors around the world, including Johannesburg and Durban (which is now positioning itself as “Africa’s Sporting and Events Capital”), who are willing to throw large sums of money at event organisers. Although a 2020 Olympic bid is on hold for now (largely due to SASCOC’s highly questionable process of deciding that only Durban was in the running), Cape Town is bidding to host a number of major cultural, sport and business events. In many cases the international owners of the rights to host these events demand up-front payment or financial guarantees from host cities and we cannot be closed-minded about committing to them.

With so many of our core industries – hospitality, film, agriculture and others – having a significant seasonal element to them, it is imperative that we develop a more year round character to the Cape, as well as a greater focus on this as a business destination. This would help to make our businesses more viable and improve the unhappy state of our unemployment figures. By reducing the impact of seasonality, we will be better able to encourage more direct flights in and out of the city, and this can only be good for positioning Cape Town as a global African gateway and a perfect access point to the lucrative market of 1 billion consumers on this continent.
It’s time for us to take off as the Cape of Good Business. Let’s all get on board.

Guy Lundy is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, the Deputy Chairman of Wesgro and a board member of Cape Town Tourism. Ian Bartes is Manager: Service Standards and Quality Assurance at Cape Town International Airport and the Chairman of Cape Town Tourism. Rashid Toefy is the CEO of the Cape Town International Convention Centre and a board member of Cape Town Tourism.
 

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FEI Cape Town World Cup qualifier

Cape Town to host World Cup show jumping event Nov 15, 2010


by Cape Town Tourism
Photo courtesy andrealindenberg

Glenellen Farm in Hout Bay will host the last leg of the South African League of the World Cup Show Jumping Championship from November 17 to 21. E


questrian fans can catch South Africa’s top show jumpers in action between 09h00 and 17h00 on these days, free of charge.


More than 7 000 people attended this leg of the event last year.
According to a press release issued by Hippo Communications, “The Glenellen World Cup qualifier provides the perfect excuse for a relaxed weekend in one of the most scenic venues in the Cape. Families are catered for in every aspect with a lifestyle retail village that offers delicious food stalls, local crafts and entertainment.”
Read more on our event page.


For more information about the event, call +27 (0)21 790 3100.
 

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Sailing: Velux 5 Oceans racers start to arrive in Cape Town

Velux 5 Oceans: Van Liew arrives in Cape Town

15 Nov 2010

AMERICAN ocean racer Brad Van Liew today sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. Under clear blue skies and with a fresh south easterly breeze, the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC) doing 10-12 knots in a 15-knot wind.

Brad, a past winner of the VELUX 5 OCEANS in 2002 and a veteran of two editions of the race, took 28 days, 1 hour and 51 minutes to race from La Rochelle in France to Cape Town. A small fleet of support boats sailed out to meet Brad and his 60ft Eco yacht Le Pingouin in Table Bay and welcome him in to Cape Town as the winner of the first of five ocean sprints that make up the 30,000-mile solo round the world race, known as The Ultimate Solo Challenge. During ocean sprint one Brad sailed 8,003 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.9 knots.

It was a frustrating day for Brad, who was battered by 45-knot winds just early this morning before becoming becalmed just ten nautical miles from the finish line. Finally the wind filled in and Brad crossed the finish line before berthing at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to the cheers of the watching crowds.

There were emotional scenes on the dock as Brad was reunited on the dockside with his wife Meaghan and two children Tate, 7, and Wyatt, 6. Stepping off Le Pingouin for the first time since leaving La Rochelle on October 17, Brad said: “It feels great to be in Cape Town. Four weeks door to door is pretty good, as good as I could have hoped for. I had a real incentive – Gutek pushed me pretty hard. The weather forced my hand a few times too. I wasn’t sure when I left France exactly what my motivations were for doing this race but now I know – I’m having fun.”

Despite leading the VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet for the majority of the sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town, it was by no means an easy victory for Brad. He has been chased hard by rival ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski since day one, the 36-year-old Pole constantly challenging for the lead on Operon Racing.

Brad left La Rochelle feeling ill with flu and it was more than a week at sea before he started to feel better. Le Pingouin was then knocked flat just days into the leg while travelling at more than 20 knots when the yacht crash-gybed in strong winds.

However his luck came in crossing the Doldrums, the notorious area of low pressure either side of the Equator which can snare sailors for days, and he crossed relatively quickly. After the Doldrums Brad skirted the coast of Brazil, constantly hounded by Gutek, before taking on the St Helena High, a tricky weather system which sits in the South Atlantic. After making the left turn to Cape Town Brad was becalmed in light winds allowing Gutek to reduce Brad’s lead to just 0.2 nautical miles.

But the experienced solo sailor clung on to his lead and finished strongly, putting more than 600 nautical miles on Gutek in the past few days. Gutek is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday.

For his win Brad is awarded the maximum score of 12 points. He also takes home the first place prize of €24,000.

Statistics from 6pm UTC position report:

Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew: Finished Sprint 1 – 28 days 1 hour 41 mins
Gutek: 627.5; 255.8; 10.7
Derek Hatfield: 1203.4; 276.4; 11.5
Chris Stanmore-Major: 1408.7; 260.5; 10.9
Christophe Bullens: 3840.9; 217.1; 9
 

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Conferences: Cape Town gets Public Relations Global Network 2012 conference

Top PR conference comes to Cape Town in 2012

Press Release

November 19, 2010



Top international public relations conference for Cape Town


The world’s top public relations practitioners will hold their 2012 conference in Cape Town.



More than 40 representatives of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) will attend. HWB Communications, Africa’s only member of the PRGN, will host the conference.



The PRGN, which is a “by invitation only” network of owner-managed PR agencies held a conference earlier this month in Cancun, Mexico.



HWB Account Director Wayne Lowe, who attended the meeting said, “After the success of the Fifa 2010 World Cup this year, the PRGN conference is a great opportunity to showcase Cape Town and South Africa to some of the most influential professionals in PR, one of the agencies that will be attending works with Apple, another with Google and Coca-Cola.”



Lowe said that the Cancun conference had focused on developments in electronic and online media. “Some of the applications and social media tools that can be used to promote clients’ messages and for information gathering are quite astounding” said Lowe, adding that HWB Communications was constantly evaluating new ways in which to use social and electronic media to boost its clients’ visibility and profitability.



“One of the things we learned from the conference was how social media has the capacity to make old news fresh again from traditional media,” he said.



PRGN President Patricia Pérez Of VPE Public Relations in Los Angeles, California, said, “It’s a priority to make sure PRGN members are on the cutting edge of technology and adaptability as social networks reach their markets.”



During the Mexico conference two new agencies were admitted to the PRGN: Perfect Relations from India and CROS Public Relations and Public Affairs from Moscow, Russia.



The PRGN ranks as one of the worlds’ top five public relations networks linking over 1 200 communication professionals over six continents.



Visit PRGN online at www.prgn.com



Issued by HWB Communication (Pty) Ltd

Contact: Wayne Lowe

Telephone: +27 21 462 0416

Email: [email protected]
 

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Congress:Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011, 27 February - 3 March, 2011

November 02, 2010
ICLEI's Africa Secretariat will host Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011, a congress to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 27 February to 3 March, 2011.

This event will offer a platform for local and sub-national authorities and stakeholders to discuss climate change adaptation and resilience as well as energy and cimate change mitigation. The focus will be Africa's urban environments.

This congress will also serve as an excellent preparatory platform for Africa’s local and sub-national authorities, and their partners, ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Climate Change Conference (COP17) which takes place in South Africa, 28 November-9 December 2011.
 

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Why did Durban get COP17 and Cape Town didnt? Im confused!?
 

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CTICC Scoops EXSA Award for Hosting the Most Memorable Event for 2010



The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) scooped the award for hosting the Most Memorable event for 2010 at the Exhibition and Event Association of South Africa’s (EXSA) Annual Awards dinner, which was held last week.This event, which was took place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, commemorates industry role-players in the exhibition and events industry, who have made significant strides in raising the global competitiveness of the local exhibition and events industry.
CTICC, Chief Operating Officer, Joey Pather said the centre is delighted to win this award. The centre, which was selected as one of the top three finalists was judged on the successful hosting of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization, which was held at the CTICC in October this year.
“What made this event, which attracted an international audience of over 5000 people unique, was the fact that the CTICC played a pivotal role in organising all logistics of this event” says Pather. For the duration of this conference the centre prepared over 72 000 meals and operated 24/7 in order to ensure the success of this event.
The centre met and exceeded the stringent criteria for this award, which took into consideration elements such as venue location, venue and operational logistics, service excellence and client experiences.
Pather concluded by saying that the fact the CTICC won this prestigious award is further testament to the world class service excellence that is synonymous with the CTICC. “The centre is well on its way to achieving its vision of being the best long haul international convention centre by 2020.”
 

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Expo Summit Africa 2011 moved to Cape Town
EXPO Summit 2011 – incorporating EXSA Conference





EXSA has extended its support to Expo Summit Africa 2011, taking place in Cape Town in January 2011.

After their meeting with Kiran Mittal, Director, Manch Communications Pvt. Ltd. in Cape town last month, EXSA has decided to move their Annual General Meeting from Durban to Cape Town to ensure the maximum local participation. “We are delighted to have Expo Summit in Cape Town. We think that it will be an excellent opportunity for our industry to meet their global counterparts to develop more business so we have decided to move our AGM next year to Cape Town with the event. We welcome international organizers to attend the summit and see the prospects of launching exhibitions here”, said Natalie Naude, Chairman, EXSA.

The event will get over with lunch of day 2 followed by EXSA internal meeting taking place in the second half. The conference program will cater the international and local needs to fit in the wide delegate profile. “Support from EXSA has come as a boost to our initiative and will ensure the attendance of local industry players in the summit.

We welcome them on board and look forward to fruitful
association”, said Kiran Mittal.

Visit Expo Summit Africa website

Download EXPO Summit Africa Newletter (approx 2MB)



Expo Summit Africa 2011 would provide the necessary platform to African exhibition industry to meet their global counterparts to expand with bigger and world class exhibitions in this region. The event will bring together the international organizers who are interested in launching their shows in Africa and looking for local partners. Also, the content of the conference will help the local organizers to improve their internal processes and expose to them, the latest ways to make world class exhibitions. The balanced mix of International and African speakers will make the event worthwhile to attend for the exhibition fraternity. The replica of Expo Summit India is set to succeed in the similar way here, in Africa.

Objectives of the event:

To bring in industry stakeholders in African region on one platform.

To bring in International organizers to set their shops in this part of the world.

To discuss the common challenges faced by the organizers in African region.

To enhance the standard operating procedures at par with international organizers.

To encourage the domestic organizers to look at other regions for organizing exhibitions.

Who should attend?

Exhibition and Conference Organisers

Event Management Companies

Venue Owners

Exhibition Service Providers

Trade Commissions and Associations
 

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Conferences: World Social Security Forum, November 2010


Baku, Fineko/abc.az. The World Social Security Forum is to be organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) in the Cape Town, South Africa, on 29 November – 24 December 2010.




The State Social Protection Fund of Azerbaijan informs that SSPFA head Salim Muslimov will represent ther country in the event.
The Forum will discuss issues of new ways of management on social security organizations, demographic conditions and other factors.
The 30th ISSA General Assembly wil take place within the Forum to elect memebrs for its Bureau and Council. The SSPFA has been a member of the ISSA Bureau since 2004 and Steering Committee of Association’s European Network since 2007.
 
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