Activities to add to Cape business trips

Many corporate travellers want to be able to explore, experience, and ‘live’ destinations rather than be stuck in meetings and hotel rooms all day, says Thomas Framnes, cofounder of Hejju, one of Africa’s largest tours and activities aggregators.

To make it easier for corporates to add on activities, Framnes says Hajju is working with several travel agents, specifically focusing on corporate travellers. “We’re looking at providing a solution for corporate travellers to book activities as a natural add-on during their time off in a destination.”

One of the difficulties with a solution of this type is the busy schedules most corporate travellers have. “It is still early days, but we are working on solutions as to how we can package and offer corporate travellers the right things to do and connect it to their already busy schedules. Corporate travellers usually have a tight window early morning and late in the afternoon or evening when they have ‘free’ time. We are trying to make our service facilitate quick, easy, and attractive booking options online, instantly.”

Framnes says the online distribution of tours and activities exists within an industry that is still fragmented, manual, and lacks proper online solutions. “We’re currently building our network of distributors throughout South Africa, and the Western Cape serves as a great base due to the variety and accessibility of activities.

For corporate travellers who have been to Cape Town multiple times, Framnes says it is important to be able to find activities that match with the travellers’ interests, with popular options including kayaking along the Sea Point promenade, early-morning cycling toward Chapman’s Peak, and guided hikes around Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

Something new

Café Gannet restaurant in Mossel Bay has introduced its Inverroche Gin School.

Travellers and groups with some time on their hands will have the opportunity to craft their own unique bottle of SA gin, sample gins from Inverroche – the first local gin produced in SA – and learn more about the local fynbos. The experience will also teach guests about the history and origins of gin, the distilling process, and how to go about designing an original gin.

Gin and food pairings are also offered daily, highlighting either local ingredients or traditional meals.

The school is in the Old Post Office Tree Square, neighbouring the Dias Museum and Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay. Classes are offered twice daily, and can accommodate from one to 36 guests at a time. Bookings for individuals can be made on the day, but earlier bookings are recommended for larger groups.

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