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SA DESTINATION AWARDS

The Winners!

A village, established in 1857, with 2001 census populations of 3,455, in the Overberg region of the Western Cape has won the SA Destination Awards – Stanford as Best Village Destination.

It's always revealing to see who decides to make a town their new home. We discovered another old friend had made Stanford his home. Bernie Oberholzer is a Landscape & Environmental Planner who has made an indelible mark on Cape Town.

When towns attract people of this calibre, and when they play a role in the town's affairs, it's a foregone conclusion that these towns will prosper. When one starts comparing towns, two things are more important than anything else people and projects as catalysts. And then, mindful of Hugh von Zahn's maxim to "Boost your Best", great destinations should have at least one "Best" that makes visitors go the extra mile. In this respect, Mariana's Bistro & Deli in Stanford stands out ... it's repeatedly among SA's top restaurants.

CapeInfo will be promoting both these towns over the next year and we'll do everything to help them achieve their goals.

In Stanford we've already identified four catalysts:

  • The old Stanford House Hotel which closed in 2002 left a vacuum in the centre of the town. It is for sale and we'll help find a new owner to bring this gem back to life. Every new job created counts!
  • Many casual visitors to Stanford are unaware of the river that runs through it and provides such an amenity. The planned formalisation of the leisure boat launching area with a riverside boardwalk, user-friendly jetty and further amenities will add immeasurably to the town.
  • Stanford is on the busy tourist route to Gansbaai which sees hundreds of day-visitors in search of Great White Sharks and whales. One of Overstrand Tourism's biggest shortcomings has its failure to get these visitors to do more and stay longer in the area.
  • Like most towns, the racial divide has not been overcome. Stanford is of the size where an intervention can be tested and, if successful, replicated elsewhere. A significant sports & IT centre located in Stanford South will give the poorer area a sense of place and purpose, and start driving small towns as places for entrepreneurship and intellectual capital.

We'd like to thank all participants. It wasn't an easy competition to enter because it did require thought and hard work. The programme reinforced the fact that most tourist info offices are ill-equipped to tackle the challenge of growing tourism. Even having the best info office doesn't mean it can grow tourism! The whole brief for these offices needs to be rethought. Carl Momberg, CEO Capeinfo.com.

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