16 Jul 2021 V&A Waterfront to host AAVEA conference The African Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AAVEA) is the first of its kind on the continent and represents visitor attractions and experiences, raises awareness of these businesses’ contribution to the tourism industry and provides education, engagement and collaboration opportunities for peers. On the 19th of August, the V&A Waterfront will play host to a virtual conference, which will provide attractions the opportunity to hear from global players in the industry, and also an opportunity to connect and network. The event continues to be a valuable platform for attractions to have access to local and international thought leadership and find resources and insights on how to weather these challenging times. If you’re interested in the attractions sector or tourism industry as a whole, we’d encourage you to register and join us. Details can be found here. *Image above, conference speaker, Chao Tayiana Maina – a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar. COVID-19 vaccination Vaccine registration is now open for everybody 35 years and older. Clicks vaccination sites are open for those eligible. You can find the list of vaccination sites here. People over the age of 50 can walk into vaccine sites with or without appointments to vaccinate. Extension of lockdown level four and relief for businesses The country remains at high risk of COVID-19 and we need to remain vigilant. Staff at our stores, restaurants, hotels, offices and attractions are urged to maintain health protocols and take the lead in protecting themselves, their colleagues, as well as visitors to our neighbourhood by always sanitizing, keeping their face masks on at all times and keeping to and monitoring social distancing guidelines. It remains our collective responsibility to keep everyone as safe as possible. For the latest Government Gazettes and other information visit the South African Council of Shopping Centres website here. Alderman James Vos has also commented on the much-needed relief for businesses and employees during this time. Read his statement here. Footfall update With days of inclement weather and third wave of COVID-19, the property has unfortunately remained quiet over the past two weeks. The average daily footfall is now around 22k visitors across the property.