Getting there BA, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways all fly direct from Heathrow to Cape Town International Airport, which is 20kms outside of the city.
Business climate Cape Town is South Africa's financial services hub. Other prominent sectors include wholesale and retail.
Don't miss A cable car ride up Table Mountain or boat trip out to Robben Island.
Etiquette While Capetonians are fairly formal in their business attire, they are still more laid back than their Jo'burg or Durban counterparts. It's helpful to understand that a wide divergence of political views and a vast history is often in play. Black empowerment and its impact need to be understood.
Crime Visitors should not be overly anxious if they use common sense and don't do stupid things such as leaving valuables visible in cars. It's best to keep to well lit, central areas of the city at night.
Where to stay The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays stands out above the rest. Centrally located, near to the Waterfront and adjacent to the vast and impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), this classy, five-star hotel is stylish, comfortable and business smart. Its Executive Restaurant and world-class spa, both on the 19th floor, have breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views, while its state-of-the-art beds promise blissful oblivion after a tough day of negotiating. And, for those who can't switch off, the hotel offers internet access and fax facilities in all bedrooms and the Business Centre. To top it all, this hotel does the best breakfast in town.
Eat like a local Top executive choices include Baia, situated within the upmarket Waterfront complex. The Showroom is one for the boys. Situated within a car showroom, even the seats are transparent so as not to obscure full view of the Ferraris. For first-class fine dining, try Aubergine, which offers dishes that combine local and international flavours. For a more casual experience, visit trendy bar Caprice, owned by rugby legend James Small in Camps Bay, or Caveau Wine Bar & Deli in Bree Street.