OVERVIEW ing destinations such as Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay. CemAir offers scheduled flights to Plettenberg Bay. Several strategies are being adopted to further improve the province’s tourist offering and increase numbers. These include a service excellence programme where a town’s residents are encouraged to act as tourism ambassadors. A pilot project was successfully launched in Clanwilliam, where everyone in the town, including shop clerks and petrol station attendants, joined in. Work is being done on improving the system of visa approvals and on linking various sites associated with the late President Nelson Mandela. Halaal tourism also holds tremendous potential. One of the reasons that tourists visit the Western Cape is the quality of its beaches. The province has 29 Blue Flag-accredited beaches, an international quality standard that covers 33 different measures. Ten beaches in greater Cape Town together with the likes of Santos (Mossel Bay), Grotto (Hermanus), Witsand (Hessequa) and Wilderness (Eden) have made the grade. A further five marinas have qualified for the programme, the local version of which is run by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.
Hotels and conferences The capacity of the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) is being doubled. The R832-million expansion will add 31 000m², including 10 000m² of
conference and exhibition space. CTICC East (the new section) will connect to CTICC West via a tunnel (for services) and a skybridge over the Heerengraght. The new section is expected to open in 2017, and will line up along other new Foreshore buildings such as KPMG Place and the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. The South African Green Building Council has given the CTICC expansion a Four-Star Green Building rating. The Foreshore is at the heart of a series of new developments that are set to have a major impact on the tourism industry. These include the new Cruise Terminal and the adjacent Yacht Club, a hotel, residential and commercial complex being developed by the Amdec Group. This precinct is very close to the entrance to the CTICC and will be linked to the Waterfront by the extension of the existing canal. On the other (eastern) edge of the Foreshore, an a major development is in the works which will include two Marriott hotels. In the Cape Town CBD there are going to be 500 new rooms, courtesy of two Tsogo Sun hotels, plus a smaller hotel in the De Waterkant (Capital Mirage). Tsogo Sun already operates several hotels in greater Cape Town, including three full-service hotels in the city centre, the Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront and Southern Sun Cape Sun. The other seven hotels cover five brands in the Tsogo Sun stable. Elsewhere in the Western Cape, Tsogo Sun has hotels in Caledon, Beaufort West, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay.
WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017