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In this issue:• Does SA have a Gamechanging Plan for Tourism?
• Is CapeInfo just for the Cape?
• Our 2015 Adventure continues
• Tsitsikamma & Storms River
• Jeffreys Bays, St Francis & Gamtoos valley
• Some of the memorable places we stayed at
When we set off in March on a long road trip, we had no anticipations. But it didn't take long to realise who the winners and who the losers are. (Franschhoek is a definite winner.) And the role that government is playing to facilitate or destroy tourism – which is why CapeInfo's home page carries the story "Government is failing us."
So we started looking for the "gamechangers" – the interventions that would improve tourism, create jobs and enable better lives for all... against a backdrop of national government blowing tourism out of the sky with its new visa regulations. (Can you imagine the 2010 World Cup happening at all if these regulations had been in place?)
Even the Western Cape hasn't got it right yet. Does Wesgro have a gamechanging plan to meet Helen Zille's goals for the year ahead – it's four months since she announced them? We incensed some people with our story that towns like Montagu are not really tourist towns: they are in fact getaway towns.
In the Eastern Cape, with the exception of DA-led Willowmore, municipalities generally are doing a very bad job of making their cities, towns and villages places that tourists really want to visit.
Click here to see all the stories we've added to the Gamechanger category.
South Africans need to wake up. Employers need to impress on their staff, suppliers and contractors that there will be far fewer jobs or contracts if government continues as it is now. Not only jobs relying on the accommodation sector, but shops, restaurants, transport... almost everybody will increasing feel the brunt of bad government. Lives and livelihoods will be affected. Tourism needs a powerful and popular lobby that becomes a deciding factor at the polls... and next year's municipal election is a good place to start.
Certainly not, as the map alongside shows. Each of those markers represents a business in CapeInfo's directory. The whole of SA & Namibia is pretty well covered, with businesses also located in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania.
And the number is growing daily.
Click here to see the larger, interactive map.
Our 2015 Adventure continues
What blew us away? See our Bucket List so far. We've still got many stories to publish from the March/May roadtrip and we'll finish those before July 19 when we head off again. We'll be visiting the West Coast and Northern Cape next, so if anyone has suggestions for those areas, please let us have them. You can follow the adventure at Travels with Beezus (you can subscribe by email to new posts there) or by following us on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.