The City of Cape Town has welcomed scores of local and international visitors as they arrive in the Mother City for its traditional peak tourism season.
Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe, says the City’s tourism industry has been enjoying a steady annual increase in visitor numbers.
While the bulk of South Africa's visitors come from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, there is also steady growth from Asian countries.
More than two million people visited Cape Town’s six biggest attractions in November, with December and January set to increase that figure tremendously. All of Cape Town’s ‘Big Six’ icons reported growth on the 2011 November figures when compared to 2012:
- Table Mountain recorded just over 90 000 visitors
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens recorded 70 745 visitors
- Cape Point recorded 37 600 visitors
- V&A Waterfront recorded over 1.8 million visitors
- Robben Island recorded 31 870 visitors
- Groot Constantia recorded over 20 000 visitors
Groot Constantia recorded above-average sales in the month, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens visitor numbers were up by more than 13% from last year.
In the run-up to the festive season, several major events attracted more than 200 000 visitors. These included the switching-on of the festive lights, when more than 120 000 people flocked to the city centre to enjoy the spectacular event.
Cape Town offers domestic and international tourists the full package. Pascoe says that Cape Town was also named the World Design Capital host City for 2014 – another international accolade that has boosted the City’s profile internationally. With the City’s award-winning Blue Flag beaches added to the mix, Cape Town has become the ideal destination for each and every kind of traveller.
Cape Town Tourism has reported that this year could see an increase in overall visitor numbers compared to the festive season of 2011. Accommodation establishments, especially in the City Bowl and along the Atlantic Seaboard, are predicting a strong demand over the next few months,More with an average occupancy of 70% expected.