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SA Tourism body fumes over UK’s refusal to remove SA from its Red List!


The UK removed a number of countries, including Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt, and The Maldives, from its Red List last week, but South Africa was not one the nine countries benefiting from the travel relaxation, reports Daily Maverick. 

SA Tourism Services Association (SATSA) CEO David Frost spoke out harshly, describing the decision by the UK to not include our country as ‘scandalous and completely unacceptable’. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 47 of Level 3, 11 September 2021


Saturday 11 September 2021, Day 47 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely day, spending most of it working, making bookings for my clients’ guests, changing bookings, replying to client reviews, posting in their Social Media channels, and photographing the Reddam Atlantic Seaboard Matric Dinner Dance at Utopia Cape Town, a non-alcoholic and non-partner one; for a walk to Woolworths to get a few things for my lovely picnic Abendbrot dinner with Gary Peterson, catching up on his exciting life and finishing his bottle of whiskey which had my name on it; for lovely rain which has started falling now; for dancing my last steps to Kfm’s Blokparty; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙

I was not allowed to photograph the Reddam learners.

I have an exciting feeling about tourism starting to pick up, seeing all sorts of signs today, including hearing Germans in Woolies, not having heard it spoken in quite a while.

I’m so proud of my clients’ restaurants having done so well today. 👏

News from Havana is not good, the locals really struggling. Like us they have had hardly any tourists. The cost of getting to the USA is $5000, money the locals just dont have. 🥲😱

I woke up to a party in our building at 7h00 this morning, and am going to bed with another, both in the Ebbtide apartment 101 of Rhode Snyman, Nigerian tenant and buddies completely drunk and abusive. Police and the Camps Bay CSI have just left, with a warning.😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

SA Corona Status: 2 854 234 cases 84751 deaths 14 670 161 vaccinations

FitBit 7500 steps 5 km 👣


The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July, and returned to Level 3 on 26 July, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

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Cape Town Tourism pleads for tourism players to be vaccinated, and for the UK to remove SA from its ‘red list’!


In a poorly worded media statement, Cape Town Tourism has appealed to local tourism players to get vaccinated, to enhance the safety of our tourism industry, and enhance the attractiveness of Cape Town as a safe tourist destination.

It has also pleaded with the UK Government to remove SA from the ‘red list’, given that the Delta variant is now the main Covid threat, it no longer being the South African variant. Continue reading →

Western Cape launches Cruise Cape Town! More than 80 Cruise liners headed for Cape Town in 2021!


Wesgro is actively working on attracting cruise liners to Cape Town, and has proudly announced the booked arrival of 83 cruise liners before the end of this year. The local cruise season is set to begin in October.

Last year it launched Cruise Cape Town, a collaboration between a number of role players such as Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT); the City of Cape Town (CoCT); V&A Waterfront; Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA); the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); and Wesgro. Continue reading →

Wesgro encourages tourists to ‘Get in a good space’ in new Western Cape marketing campaign!


Wesgro has released a new marketing video, to promote Cape Town and the Western Cape digitally and virtually as an escape from Lockdown life, in collaboration with the Western Cape Government, reports iol!

German and Dutch tourists who visited the Cape, and who loved it so much that they have stayed as residents, are used as spokespersons in the video for our region.

Bizarre is the use of TripAdvisor as the marketing platform, hardly known as a tourist platform. It is the platform on which tourists review their tourist experiences afterwards. This seems even more true of the German market,  from which I have never heard a mention about TripAdvisor. For tourism product owners TripAdvisor has little credibility because of its ‘friend and family’  reviews on this platform, and is the least liked tourism platform by far!

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Franschhoek: From Gourmet Town to ‘Ghost Town’?: the effect of the Corona Virus pandemic!


News 24 published an article this weekend about the plight of businesses in Franschhoek. It paints a horrific picture of the once famous Gourmet Town, known for its top Restaurants and boutique wineries, to what one business owner speculated could become a ‘Ghost Town’ if tourists do not return to it soon.

Franschhoek, like many other towns and cities in our country, has been hard hit by the Corona Virus pandemic, the South African one-year anniversary of its Lockdown to be ‘celebrated’ later this week. The new South African Virus mutation has made our country very unattractive to visit by international tourists, which probably are the type of tourists South African tourism businesses would love to see return. Continue reading →

German ZDF TV ‘Das Traumschiff’ episode ‘Kapstadt’ is good and bad PR for Cape Town!


I looooove ‘Das Traumschiff’, a German TV series that has been broadcast regularly in the past 20 years or so, so I was doubly excited when our city  ‘Kapstadt’ was the focus of the Boxing Day 2020 edition of  this series.

The edition could not have come at a better time, when our city’s Tourism industry is sorely missing its German tourists, and the Germans are missing not being able to travel to our city. But a subplot of the Cape Town edition has some political sensitivities, not good for our country’s image and tourism future. Continue reading →

Is Government realistic in speculation of opening SA borders to all international visitors by December?


In an interview with EWN, and reported by Business Tech, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said that she ‘hopes’ that our country’s borders will be reopened to all foreign tourists before the holiday period commences in December.  This speculation by the Minister comes against a background of a dramatic Second Wave spike in Covid-19 infections in many European countries, the UK, and the USA, which is expected to worsen as they face winter.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 67 of Level 3, 6 August 2020.


Thursday 6 August 2020, Day 67 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a slightly warmer day at 15C and it being sunny, although there was a very dark cloud overhead this afternoon, with a few drops of rain; for a busy morning, with a building consultant coming to check out our apartment building, and finding all sorts of waterproofing issues; for catching up on work; for getting an idea for a story for Women’s Day, profiling Women Restaurateurs, surprised at how few there are 😱; for meeting Facebook Friends John French and Alan Hoffman, recognizing me from Facebook, complimenting me on being the best-dressed Camps Bay Cleaning Lady, wearing pearls 😂; for Jenny Stephens coming to tea and a Chocolate Swirl cheese cake taste test…. mmmm ; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

International Travel: when will South African skies reopen? Low Road and High Road scenarios



The future of Tourism in our country under the Corona Virus Lockdown has been up in the sky, so to speak, intra-provincial Domestic Travel just having been opened up. No further information has been available about inter-provincial travel, nor about International Travel until now, with a Tourism Recovery Plan just having been released by the Department of Tourism.

Business Tech has summarised the South African Tourism Sector Recovery Plan: August 2020, released by the Department of Tourism, reflecting best and worst case scenarios of when Domestic and International Travel will reopen. The latter could be as early as November 2020, and as late as the start of Winter 2021! Continue reading →