HERITAGE AND CULTURE: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says that the tourism market must not be taken for granted. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
The Cape Town tourism market should never be taken for granted, and for this reason the city should also start reaching into its core heritage and culture.
These were the remarks made by the mayor of Cape Town Patricia De Lille during her address to the Cape Town and Western Cape Tourism Destination. De Lille said that there were many places of beauty in the city.
“So we have to look to what sets us apart. We have to look at what makes us different. We are a place with the history of the culture of the San and the Khoi, with cultures older than most languages.
“We are the site of a particular Muslim identity, represented by the Kramats, which grace our hills.
“We are a city that knew the terrible history of slavery and overcame it. We are a centre of colonial African history surpassing most other centres in the former imperial world. And like the rest of the country, we are the meeting point of the tragedies of apartheid and our liberation into democracy, from Robben Island, to the Langa Pass Office, to the site of the Trojan Horse Massacre.
“All these and so many other stories are a part of us and will remain so. They help us realise our future potential. It is this potential that we wish to share with the world. And moreover we share a heritage with those who want to build the future together with us,” De Lille said.
She further said that in partnership with Cape Town Tourism, they have developed a layered offering to consumers about a lifestyle for people in Cape Town.
“A lifestyle for those who seek leisure; a lifestyle for those who seek business; and a lifestyle for those who seek study,” De Lille added.