On 18 April 2017 Travel Massive Cape Town came together for a spectacular event at the Two Oceans Aquarium in partnership with WTM Africa, celebrating both our fabulous industry and three years since the first Travel Massive event in the city.
For me the occasion also marked the anniversary of my involvement as Chapter Leader in Cape Town, and I remember fondly how I had enthusiastically stepped forward and volunteered to lead the Cape Town community in the Mother City after serendipitously meeting Founder Ian Cumming at a Tbex event in Dublin in 2014 and been instantly smitten with concept of belonging.
What a path we have walked since then, launched as the 48th Chapter at the time, there are now about 185 Travel Massive Chapters in the world, with Cape Town one of the fastest growing and best supported with a proud membership of over 1200. I refer to our Chapter as the sweetheart of the Travel Massive global community, as in my eyes that’s exactly what it will always be.
During this time we have partnered with some incredible companies and been in a position to showcase some of the inspiring non profits doing essential and inspiring work in the city, among them Greenpop, Street Sleeper, Penguin Promises, The Heart of a Woman Project, Camissa Tours and Chavonnes Battery Museum.
Of course the whole concept of Travel Massive is to get people talking to each other, networking and building lasting relationships that will see them move into a future of shared collaboration – and there have been may such stories out of Cape Town. Initially with Simon Lewis at my side, I have for the last year had Linda Markovina, photojournalist extraordinaire, as my partner and as the second Chapter Leader in Cape Town. All she touches turns to gold.
The event of April had over 200 people in attendance and we were generously hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium, who entertained in their under water world. Beyond the taste spectrums offered by the sponsors on the night, it felt like stepping under the sea for a magical gathering of industry friends from around the country and beyond, there were turtles and stingrays, diamond giveaways, local wines and the most spectacular cake I’ve ever seen.
With thanks to our sponsors at this event – West Coast Way SA, Carmen Lerm, Darling Brew, Ormonde Wines, Darling Sweet, Kardoesie N7 Citrusdal, Kwattu San, Coffee Shop ‘Tori Oso’ geselshuisie, Rooiberg Winery, Hot Oven Marketing and The Diamond Works. Thank you to all who were there, to our generous hosts and to you Hein van Tonder of Heinstirred for the wonderful pics, as well as Dean Paarman and Darren Barker of travelvids.tv for capturing the event to film.
Here’s a look at the night with my warmest thanks to Cape Town and beyond for your support of Travel Massive Cape Town, and your belief in me and what I aim to achieve at the helm. It’s all about the people, and watching you connect is something that will always happy my heart.
If you are in the travel and tourism community and aren’t a member of travel Massive, you may want to take a look at the chapter and consider being a part of the community. More at https://travelmassive.com and at the Cape Town Travel Massive Chapter.
For some articles on the Travel Massive global blog about our events, see here.