October 2022 - and how things have changed! It is exhilarating to see how the tourism industry in South Africa has bounced back. Feedback from all sectors report on a major upswing in business for the last part of 2022 and even more so on an incredibly positive forward book for 2023 and beyond.
Last month we celebrated Tourism month and two events in particular stood out as vibrant celebrations of our industry’s rebirth. TBTE22, hosted by First Diamonds in partnership with Aquilla Game Reserve, NAC Helicopters Cape Town and Hazendal wine estate at the Allure Rooftop Lounge in Cape Town, saw more than 400 industry professionals getting together to celebrate and reacquaint.
On World Tourism Day, 27 September, another celebration took place at Simon’s Groot Constantia. This event was a collaboration by Cape Town Concierge Forum, FEDHASA Cape & Skal International Cape Town, with the theme going forward being “Collaboration and rethinking tourism”. A live performance by Desmond & The Tutus, added the perfect touch to an already memorable evening.
Moving forward on this positive trajectory, October brought us Mental Health Awareness month. While the important work of health workers and counsellors in promoting the de-stigmatisation of mental health issues must be commended, not all individuals have the means to obtain assistance by psychologists or psychiatrists. It is up to us to look after our own mental wellbeing and those dear to us. Out of all the heaps of tips floating around I found this to be crucial: Make the time to connect with the people who make you happy, in person. In turn this gives them a good dose of happiness too!
Unbelievably it is already that time of the year that we are planning thank you gifts, year-end events, and holiday packages. I cannot think of a better gift encompassing Summer, Cape Town, holidays, and healthy living than our fabulous range of scented candles, made right here in the Mother City.
Look out for our recommended gifts list, soon to be launched on the website and via social media. If you are not yet following us on social media – now is the time to do so! Please click on the links below.
Hitting a blank on suitable gifts? Remember with a bit of brief on your recipients, we can source and put together fantastic options for you. Marianne, our Product guru thrives on this!
“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going." — Noam Shpancer, PhD
Until next time
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