The revision of the amended South African visa regulations in October 2015 – which required visitors to apply for visas in person and children under 18 to produce unabridged birth certificates – has resulted in the tourism industry adopting a positive outlook for 2016.
This is according to Bruce Deneys, Director of Sales & Marketing at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa – a five star hotel based in Cape Town – who says that while Cape Town enjoyed a good festive season, the sector is hopeful that the revised regulations will aid in driving tourism numbers and revenues further over the next 12 months.
Reflecting on the 2015 / 2016 festive season, Deneys says: “Many hotels reported high occupancy levels over December and January, and knock-on effects were felt by other establishments operating in the industry, such as retailers and restaurants.”
He adds that popular tourism attractions, such as Table Mountains’ Aerial Cableway and the V&A Waterfront, reported a record season, with Robben Island experiencing a 43% increase in visitors during December 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. “The favourable exchange rate for many overseas travellers was definitely a pull factor and increased tourists’ spending power over the period.”
Deneys says that the Cape Town film industry experienced buoyant growth in 2015, which aided the tourism industry throughout the year. “We are seeing a definite increase in the number of production companies choosing Cape Town as a shooting location. Not only do they contribute to the tourism sector, but also towards revenue for the city and job creation.
In terms of the various markets visiting the hotel over festive season, Deneys says that they noticed a shift in visitors in comparison to previous years. “In the past we have predominately hosted the Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) markets, but over the last few months we have noticed a decrease in the Chinese and Indian markets, and an increase in visitors from Europe and the UK. We also saw an increase in local travellers, which is a direct result of the current weak rand and limited spending power for South Africans traveling abroad. They are instead opting to travel locally.”
Looking ahead at 2016, Deneys says that the revised visa regulations will encourage markets who were previously impacted by the amendments to reconsider South Africa. Despite the favourable exchange rate for tourists in 2015, the challenges that accompanied obtaining a visa resulted in certain markets opting to visit alternative holiday destinations. Markets such as the UK and US – for example – place high importance on family travel, therefore with the revision to the visa requirements, we expect these markets to relook at the country in 2016.”
Apart from the film industry, Deneys expects the eventing industry to boost tourism further in 2016. “The number of events taking place locally – both business and leisure – are increasing, and is extremely positive for the sector. Not only will this generate extra revenue for tourism as delegates travel across borders to attend expos and conferences, but it will also have a knock-on effect for associated businesses, such as hotels and restaurants, as well as aid in further job creation.”
He concludes: “Based on the 2015 / 2016 festive season and continued favourable exchange rates for tourists, we expect the tourism industry to pick up again in 2016, and the increased demand for accommodation in the country to continue into the year.”
Pepperclub Hotel and Spa rolls out the red carpet for the State of the Nation Address in February 2016
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa will be rolling out the red carpet for guests visiting Cape Town for the State of the Nation Address and Opening of Parliament on 11 February 2016.
One of the most anticipated events on the annual political calendar, the 2016 State of the Nation Address is about much more than just politics, and will see the who’s who of the political landscape sporting high fashion trends, all descending on Cape Town’s inner city to open parliament.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa is offering a special rate for those travelling to Cape Town over this period. Offering 5-star accommodation, the hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town and offers countless luxurious features and facilities, which includes complimentary unlimited WIFI, a full concierge service, as well as opulent suites, complete with extra-length king-size beds and a balcony with views of Cape Town’ finest features, namely Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Table Bay.
Looking for a starting point to meet fellow fashionistas before the Opening of Parliament? Pepperclub’s Paparazzi Bar & Lounge combines international elegance with a unique South African feel and lends itself perfectly to an intimate gathering. To unwind the next day, the hotel also boasts a rooftop swimming pool and its own private 29-seater Odeon Cinema. Cayenne Spa located on the 8th floor, is a popular wellness sanctuary among both tourists and locals.
Pepperclub is offering a rate of R 3 970.00 per night for a Deluxe Studio, inclusive of breakfast for two people. To make a booking, please contact our reservations desk on 021 812 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote SONA when booking to take advantage of this rate.
*Please note the above is applicable to an entry suite and is subject to availability. T&C’s apply.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa has been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in service excellence, the awards set a benchmark for luxury hotels and spas globally. Pepperclub Hotel & Spa’s placement in the heart of Cape Town, coupled with its five star offerings and personalised touches and tailored services, has placed the hotel in the running for this prestige recognition.
Nick Seewer, CEO of Pepperclub Hotel & Spa says that the hotel seeks to clinch this pinnacle of achievement awarded to Luxury Hotels & Spas worldwide. “Our friendly staff members are always pleased to serve: from our front of house staff and concierge, ready to realise and bring your travel dreams to life, to the room service personnel who are on hand to attend to your every whim, no matter the hour. We have benchmarked our service levels on global standards to guarantee that travellers stay in the vibrant Mother City exceeds every expectation.”
This is the hotel’s first nomination in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, but last month saw the hotel being awarded the title of Africa’s Leading City Hotel for the third consecutive year in the 2015 World Travel Awards. Its grand 20th floor Penthouse was also recognised by the awards platform this year and was named South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite.
To vote for Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in the 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards, please visit: http://www.luxuryhotelawards.com/vote-hotel. Voting closes 19 July 2015.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town has been named Africa’s Leading City Hotel for the third consecutive year in the 2015 World Travel Awards – the ultimate travel accolade that recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
Situated in the heart of the vibrant Mother City, the five star 210 suite hotel lends itself to both leisure and business travellers due to its close proximity to the business district and tourist destinations, all a few minutes’ away..
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa’s grand Penthouse was also recognised by the awards platform this year, being named South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite. Located on the 20th floor and spanning across the top two floors of the hotel, the luxurious Penthouse Suite offers three en-suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge with floor to ceiling windows, a dining room and open plan kitchen, all enhanced by a wraparound balcony with views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the City and Table Bay. The rooftop and upper level of the Penthouse Suite comprises of a private swimming pool, sundeck and terrace.
Now in its 22nd year, the awards are globally known as the “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” and all titles are awarded based on votes from travellers and industry professionals.
Nick Seewer, CEO of Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, says the staff and management at the hotel are thrilled that the hotel continues to be recognised as Africa’s Leading City Hotel as it reinforces their commitment to deliver the best to all guests visiting the hotel. “We are hopeful that our efforts over the past three years will secure us the title of the World’s Leading City Hotel in the global awards ceremony taking place later this year.”
He adds that the new title of South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite is truly fitting for the Pepperclub’s Penthouse Suite. “Affectionately known as the Penthouse in the Sky, the suite towers over the City and allows guests to soak up the energy and views from the many vantage points offered by the Suite,” says Seewer.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, a five star 210 suite hotel located in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town, has been nominated for three awards in the 2015 World Travel Awards – the ultimate travel accolade that recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
Now in its 22nd year, the awards are globally known as the “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”, and all titles are awarded based on votes from travellers and industry professionals.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, the reigning title holder of the 2013 and 2014 Africa’s Leading City Hotel award, and a 2014 nominee for Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences award, has once again been nominated in the same categories. This year also sees the hotel’s luxurious 20th floor Penthouse nominated in the South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite category.
According to Nick Seewer, CEO of Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, the hotel is thrilled to be nominated for this prestigious title of Africa’s Leading City Hotel for the third year running, and honored for the new nomination. “The hotel aims to uphold itself to international service standards, and being recognised again confirms the hotel’s commitment to deliver premier service in South Africa and Africa.”
Seewer says that the new nomination for South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite is testament to the opulence and splendor of the hotel’s prestigious penthouse suite. “Located on the top floor of the hotel, and spanning across two levels, it has become known as the Penthouse in the Sky. Towering over the heart of Cape Town, and boasting panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain, we truly believe it is worthy of this nomination and accolade.”
Other hotel’s vying for title of South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite in are Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Grace, Taj Cape Town, the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa and the Westin Cape Town.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa has been nominated alongside three other South African hotels for the title of Africa’s Leading City Hotel, namely Hilton Durban, Sandton Sun and The Michaelangelo, and alongside the Taj Cape Town and Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa for the Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2015 category.
For further information on the 2015 World Travel Awards, and to vote, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees/2015. Voting closes on 26 April 2015.
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