* Ghanaian rapper D Black has been holidaying in Cape Town, his Instagram and Twitter (with 146000 followers!) shows. He visited Robben Island, Table Mountain,CampsBay, and the V&A V & A Waterfront. He also recorded with local musician Donald in Denial.
* Cape Town has been named by National Geographic as the second best Beach City in the world, the Clifton beaches mentioned specifically for their protection against the wind and expensive accommodation. The False Bay beaches, as well as Milnerton and Blouberg, are referred to. Number one is Barcelona, with its Barcenoleta Beach. The rest of the Beach City ranking is Honolulu (Waikiki Beach), Nice’s three beaches, Miami Beach, Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Santa Monica, Sydney’s Bondi, Tel Aviv, and Vancouver’s ten beaches.
* SA Tourism, host of INDABA 2015, is describing the trade show as one which will exceed the expectations of both exhibitors and tourism players, being the largest tourism exhibition in Africa. It takes place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 9 – 11 May. Even bolder is the claim: ‘This tradeshow attracts the cream and the best cross-section of the African tourism and travel trade which in turn, attracts the best buyers in the world to INDABA’.
* SAA has launched a promotional ‘Go See Southern Africa’ campaign in the USA, aimed at travelers as well as the trade. Its aim is to offer affordable packages to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and other destinations, and to highlight the favorable exchange rate, to counter the damaging effect of the Ebola disease.
* SA Tourism’s American Twitter handle @SouthAfrica has the highest tourism country Klout score at 95 out of 100, a conglomerate score of a brand’s standing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+. It surpasses the scores of Australia and Spain (83), Sweden (68), and Great Britain (66). @SouthAfrica only has 55000 followers, compared to India’s 1,1 million, and closely followed by Indonesia.