Table Mountain is one of only 28 natural sites from around the globe shortlisted to be named one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature.
As part of Cape Town Tourism’s My Cape Town Weekend programme, and in celebration of Iziko Heritage Week (20 – 26 September 2010), Cape Town’s Company Gardens will be offering a series of special events on the long weekend of the 24 – 26 September 2010.
My Cape Town Weekend in the Company Gardens promises free entrance to most of the museums in and around the vicinity and means that families can truly explore the heritage that is Cape Town –including the Slave Lodge, the SA National Gallery and SA Museum, the SA Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre and the Crypt Project at St. Georges Cathedral.
The centrepiece of the event is, of course, the Company Gardens itself, which dates back to the 1650’s and has played a big role in our cultural heritage, starting as the vegetable garden of the Dutch East India Company and now a favourite recreational space for locals and visitors alike.
The Company Gardens is also a cultural hub, surrounded by the Labia Theatre, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the UCT Hiddingh Campus, the National Library of South Africa and the Centre for the Book – all of which have special programmes running during the course of Iziko Heritage Week, as well as during Creative Week Cape Town (24 September – 3 October 2010).
For more information on the full programme of events taking place during My Cape Town Weekend visit My Cape Town.
In celebration of My Cape Town and World Tourism Month this September, Cape Town Tourism has put out a call to all photographers and filmmakers to enter the photographic competition; Capture My Cape Town. From MMS mavericks and doccie dramatists to pictorial pros and point-and-shoot enthusiasts, the Capture My Cape Town competition invites Capetonians of all skill levels to capture the Cape Town that they live in and also the Cape Town that they discover anew during the My Cape Town month.
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.
Celebrate Tourism Month with Cape Town Tourism this September in the International Year of Biodiversity
Tourism organisations around the world have begun gearing up for the celebration of World Tourism Day, taking place on 27 September 2010, with this year’s theme being Tourism and Biodiversity*.
World Tourism Day is an annual celebration initiated by UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation), which aims to create an international awareness of the role and value of tourism with regard to social, economic and environmental factors. The chosen theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness for the importance of biodiversity and the role of sustainable tourism in future development and the conservation of life.
This year’s annual UNWTO World Tourism Day celebrations will be hosted in China’s Guangdong Province, with smaller regional events and awareness projects scheduled world-wide – including the Mother City. Cape Town Tourism’s answer to the Tourism and Biodiversity theme is a project called My Cape Town. A variety of Cape Town competitions, specials, giveaways and events will unfold throughout the month to encourage Capetonians (hence My Cape Town), and visiting travellers, to explore Cape Town’s biodiversity and learn something new about the city in September.
The peak of the campaign is the My Cape Town Weekend, which falls on the long weekend of Friday 24 September (Heritage Day) to Monday 27 September (UNWTO World Tourism Day). The many specials and events on offer provide the perfect opportunity for locals to be tourists in their own city. All details will be posted on Cape Town Tourism on the 1 September 2010.
The theme of biodiversity is one that speaks directly to Cape Town, relying, as it does, so heavily on its natural and cultural resources to attract visitors. “Biodiversity is a large part of what makes Cape Town a beautiful and authentic place”, says CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariette du-Toit Helmbold; “Tourism has the potential to create innumerable jobs and contribute to community development in general. Within this growth, it is important that our natural resources and communities are adequately protected and regenerated. With this World Tourism Month’s focus on biodiversity, now is the time to examine what we can do for our environment and our fellow human beings and to celebrate the exceptional City that is our heritage.”
* 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.
For more information on World Tourism Day, please visit World Tourism Day
For more information on the International Year of Biodiversity, please visit International Year of Biodiversity
For more information on responsible tourism in Cape Town please visit Cape Town Tourism
As the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ reaches its halfway mark, Cape Town Tourism evaluates the impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on Cape Town thus far, with predictions on how the rest of the event could play out – and what this might mean for future tourism to the destination.