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In this issue:• Do you look for inspiring places or a home-away-from home when you travel?
• "Best Riding Safari Africa" and "Best Community-focused property"
• Why tourism, economic development & agriculture fares better in the Western Cape
• Could Elgin Valley become the adventure capital of SA?
• Attractions Africa is the conference for anybody involved in the attractions industry
• Bye bye Eskom: Going off the grid with CapeInfo's Boschendal Smarter Living Project
So many accommodation establishments like to describe themselves as a “home away from home” in their publicity material… but is that what people travel for? Don’t people travel to experience something different? Something that is a lasting memory? To talk about and share with friends?
Please tell us what you think by voting in our poll below. (Just click on the image.)
THAT'S QUITE AN ACCOLADE for Horizon Horseback Adventures in the Waterberg, Limpopo. Together with nearby Windsong Cottages, they were CapeInfo's first introduction to the bushveld and remain one of our favourite destinations in South Africa. (You can't beat Windsong Cottages as a great value getaway close to Gauteng.) This is the legacy of the late and truly great Charles Baber -- you can read our 2009 stories here.
Why tourism, economic development & agriculture fares better in the Western Cape
EVERYONE SEEMS TO AGREE that there isn't another Provincial Minister/MEC anywhere in South Africa that has grown into his position better and more effectively than Alan Winde, the Western Cape's Minister for Economic Opportunities. And everyone who has had any dealings with him comments on how easily accessible and responsive he is.
Click here to read how the Western Cape is outpacing the rest of South Africa
Could Elgin become the Adventure Capital of SA?
YOU WON'T EXPECT TO FIND A BEACH BAR 400 metres above sea level in Elgin Valley... and there's much more that will surprise you. Could Elgin be on its way to becoming the Adventure Capital of South Africa?
The photo above is at Old Mac Daddy, where you sleep in shiny chrome, vintage trailers.
Attractions Africa is the conference for anybody involved in the attractions industry
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE on Attractions Management in Southern Africa (Attractions Africa 2016) will be held in Cape Town, 8 to 9 June 2016.
It offers a two-day programme comprising international speakers sharing trends, benchmarks and best practise, as well as local examples of excellence, cases studies and white papers presented by local Attraction Managers.
The Attractions Africa Conference is an educational opportunity for Attraction Managers as well as a platform for information sharing and the recognition of common challenges.
Visit their website for more info and to book.
Bye bye Eskom: Going off the grid with CapeInfo's Boschendal Smarter Living Project
WHAT DOES IT REALLY TAKE to go off-the-grid, and be completely energy self-sufficient. Not that much, we're starting to discover in the year-long project. You can either throw bags of money at your solution or you can look at the lifestyle changes you need to make, or find the middle ground. What is for sure is that the days of SA having the cheapest electricity in the world are long gone.
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