Be a Tourist in Your Own City during World Tourism Month

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September is World Tourism Month and Cape Town Tourism, in partnership with Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and other top city attractions, is encouraging locals to experience their city as tourists through the ‘My Cape Town’ Campaign.

‘My Cape Town’ will run throughout the month of September, incorporating half a million Rands worth of free vouchers, plus special offers, great competitions and an exciting array of events at some of Cape Town’s iconic attractions. The ‘My Cape Town’ programme of events for World Tourism Month includes ‘My Cape Town Weekend’, in partnership with Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and other key attractions, on the long weekend of Friday 24 September (Heritage Day) to Monday 27 September (UNWTO World Tourism Day); ‘Celebrating Tourism and Diversity’ on World Tourism Day; and ‘Capture My Cape Town’, a photographic and video competition which runs throughout the month.

Thousands of free and discounted vouchers for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, City Sightseeing red bus, Two Oceans Aquarium, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and more, will be distributed during the course of the month. The vouchers are valid from 24 September, the start of ‘My Cape Town Weekend’, until 31 October 2010. The campaign is also supported by SANPARKS, Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Ratanga Junction and Metrorail.

 My Cape Town Weekend

The culmination of the month-long ‘My Cape Town’ campaign is ‘My Cape Town Weekend’, when locals will be encouraged to redeem their free vouchers (vouchers are valid from 24 September to 31 October 2010 to allow for flexibility) and to attend an abundance of free events in the city. The ‘My Cape Town’ Free Concert takes place at the V&A Waterfront on Friday, 24 September (featuring up-and-coming Cape Town band iScream and the Chocolate Stix, whose hit ‘My Cape Town’ song and music video is an online sensation) and there will be plenty of family-friendly activities on offer during the 24th and 25th of September in the Company Gardens under the umbrella of ‘My Cape Town in the Company Gardens’.

Details of special offers, giveaways and competitions will be promoted in select community newspapers and on Cape Town radio stations, and will be posted on Cape Town Tourism’s website .

 ‘Capture My Cape Town’ Competition

As an added incentive to being a tourist in your own town, Cape Town Tourism is running a photographic and video competition called ‘Capture My Cape Town’. With entry channels spanning MMS, Flickr and Facebook, the competition is open to amateurs and professionals. Prizes for unique images and videos of Cape Town include cash prizes totalling R 30 000 and Hoerikwaggo Luxury Trail experiences. Entries can be posted online via Cape Town Tourism

 “September is the month to get out there and be a tourist in your own city” says CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariette du-Toit Helmbold, “We’re making it very appealing for locals to experience Cape Town’s most iconic and diverse attractions as we celebrate what Cape Town means to each of us. My Cape Town is the opportunity for Capetonians to renew their appreciation for Cape Town; one of the Places of a Lifetime and a world-favourite destination we can be proud of.”

World Tourism Day – Celebrating Tourism and Biodiversity

The global theme of UNWTO World Tourism Day 2010 is ‘tourism and biodiversity*’, and Cape Town Tourism’s ‘My Cape Town’ campaign will be promoting environmental awareness throughout the month of September. Cape Town relies on its biodiversity to provide an exceptional natural environment and healthy leisure activities for both locals and tourists, and so conservation is key – of both our natural and cultural assets. To find out more about what Capetonians can do to preserve our biodiversity, visit Cape Town Tourism

* Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life around us – from the largest animal and the smallest plant to the whole of humankind. In Cape Town, this definition applies to the city’s rich fauna and floristic variety, as well as to our many cultures.

“People often assume that tourism is only about visitors,” says Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, “Yet we know that for a city to be a great place to visit, it must also be a great place to live. For this reason, encouraging a sense of shared enjoyment and ownership of Cape Town’s tourist attractions among locals is essential. Capetonians are our most powerful destination ambassadors, and they are also the people who can help to protect and preserve our city’s unique tourism assets.”

For more information on ‘Capture My Cape Town’, a calendar of ‘My Cape Town’ events in World Tourism Month and how to access ‘My Cape Town Weekend’ freebies, giveaways and special offers this September, please go to Cape Town Tourism or visit your nearest Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre, 021 487 6800.

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