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Western Cape Business 2018 edition

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The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

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SPECIAL FEATURE as Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay. CemAir now 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 Credit: Wesgro 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 (Mosselbay), 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. New developments The opening of the R500-million Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town made a big impact in 2017. With a footfall of 24-million visitors going through the Waterfront every year, the Zeitz is well located to attract good crowds. It is expected to attract global art lovers as well. The conversion of the old grain silos which created 6 000m² of gallery space was paid for by the owners of the Waterfront, Growthpoint Properties and the Public Investment Corporation. The Waterfront has two new hotels: Radisson Red and the Silo Hotel attached to the Zeitz Museum. A significant move in the South African hotel sector is the decision by Marriott International to develop Marriott branded hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Port of Cape Town has launched its dedicated cruise-ship terminal, and the area between the terminal and the Cape Town International Convention Centre is being developed. The precinct, called the Yacht Club, includes a hotel, residential and commercial complex owned by the Amdec Group, and will be linked to the Waterfront by the extension of the existing canal. Elsewhere on the Foreshore, 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 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018 38

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