CAPE TOWN –Western Cape businesses have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision with the move to Alert Level 1 and are putting in the necessary steps to take full advantage of the relaxed lockdown regulations.
The new 12am curfew allows the hospitality industry to provide a full dinner service without having to rush guests, and the relaxation on venue capacity to 50 percent allows the events sector to host bigger events and conferences.
“I met with Taubie Motlhabane, CEO of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, who took us on a tour of their new hybrid conferencing facilities which have been developed as part of their adaptation strategy for the new normal,” said Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier.
“The increased venue capacity will certainly allow them to not only welcome more visitors but also give more businesses the opportunity to experience and use these innovations in new technology,” he said.
Maynier added that following a discussion with a tour operator who works in the Scandanavian market, many tour operators had several potential bookings in the pipeline and can now start booking flights and accommodation for visitors.
The relaxation of restrictions on international travel with the borders set to open on October 1 will aid in the creation of jobs as various businesses are now able to expand their audience to the international markets.
In partnership with Wesgro tourism agency, the Western Cape government has looked at over 50 case studies and ideas from around the world on how cities have adapted and innovated during the coronavirus pandemic.
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