The annual WTM Africa is back in the Mother City and officially kicked off today at the City of Cape Town’s stand at the CTICC with insightful and inspiring welcoming speeches as well as a ribbon cutting from Carol Weaving, Councilor Garreth Bloor and the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa who highlighted the importance of responsible tourism.
WTM Africa 2016 runs at the CTICC from Wednesday 6 to 8 April and is a quickly becoming one of the most iconic events in the Cape Town as Councillor Garreth Bloor said.
This leading business-to-business travel and tourism event serves as a platform for the travel industry’s professionals to connect, meet and network with like-minded industry peers representing various destinations and industry sectors.
Cape Town Big 7 is proud to attend this year’s World Travel Market and excited to showcase the best Cape Town has to offer to the world at the City of Cape Town’s stand (F35) and promote the powerful message of: One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences.
The Cape Town Big 7 consists of the V & A Waterfront, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Cape Point, a City Walk, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain Cableway and all the partners work closely with the City of Cape Town to promote responsible and sustainable tourism.
There are 7 essential factors to make your visit to the Mother City special and unforgettable; 7 attractions for young and old, local and foreign visitors to experience the variety and diversity of Cape Town’s world-class attractions. If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. The Cape Town Big 7 attractions are ever-changing and constantly keeping up with the latest trends and developments to give visitors the best experience in Cape Town.
New developments at the Cape Town Big 7
Table Mountain, one of the new natural wonders of the world, is the city’s open-armed welcome to visitors from near and far and offers a highly-impressive rotating cable car and a bird’s eye view from the top. The Table Mountain Cableway’s wi-fi lounge officially opens on Thursday 14 April, 2016 where visitors can stay connected and enjoy the snacks as well as a selection of refreshments. Keep your eyes open for the 3-for-1 Kidz Season special during the school holidays, weekends and public holidays from 1 May to 30 September when the ticket prices are R240 for one adult and two children (this offer is open to local and foreign visitors).
If Table Mountain is the open-armed welcome then the V & A Waterfront is the energetic gateway to experience the rest of the city. The prime location, harbour views and the fact that every single open space is being utilised make the V & A Waterfront the ultimate destination to experience Cape Town’s culture, shopping, fine dining and historical walks. A new addition to the V & A Waterfront, the Zeits Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, is opening its doors soon to celebrate Africa’s rich heritage through housing the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. The V & A Waterfront is also up for an award tonight at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in Dallas, Texas.
Just a short ferry ride from the V & A Waterfront lies the iconic Robben Island, a reminder of South Africa’s turbulent past; this island gives a glimpse into the reconciliation and resilience of South Africa and also keeping up to date with the latest trends.
A self-guided walk, namely the City Walk; through the city is one of the most authentic ways to experience to heartbeat of Cape Town through art work, historical architecture and museums. The monthly First Thursdays, as well as the City Walk Saturdays are popular ways to explore the art galleries and shops until late and experience the diversity of the city on foot. An exciting new City Walk App will be coming soon to your smartphone with new signage and a marked route to guide you and keep you informed along the way with a possible audio tour in the future.
Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate, a national monument and has been tickling taste buds and enticing wine connoisseurs since 1685. Soon visitors will be able to have a completely different experience at Groot Constantia and with one ticket you will be able to have a wine-tasting museum experience, a tour through the cellars and access to the restaurants.
The panoramic views of Cape Point, the most southwestern tip of Africa, is one of the most picture-perfect dramatic attractions in South Africa. If you have a Wild Card or a My Green Card you can now enjoy a discount to the funicular (remember to bring your ID if you are using a Wild Card).
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is always buzzing with events and has been adding trophies to their collection from the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London year after year. This year’s show is from the 24th to the 28th of May and we are excited to support Kirstenbosch and see how Cape Town’s most beautiful garden will steal the show once again.
Visit us at City of Cape Town’s Stand (F35)
With so many new developments it is always a good idea to make time to visit the Cape Town Big 7… if you think you’ve seen it all, think again.
We are excited to meet you at the City of Cape Town’s Stand (F35) to take you on a visual and verbal tour of the city’s best attractions. Find your way through all the stalls and make sure you drop by for a visit and a chat. It will be our pleasure showing you the world-class attractions and experiences Cape Town has to offer.