Cape tourism booms in 2018

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

Last year, 2.6-mil­lion in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers were recorded by Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port, rep­re­sent­ing a 9.6% growth from 2017, de­spite the drought and other prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced by the re­gion, the City of Cape Town said yes­ter­day.

“This growth came from long­haul car­ri­ers from out­side the South­ern African re­gion and the uptick bodes well for the lo­cal econ­omy,” said may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­set man­age­ment James Vos.

Over­all pas­sen­ger num­bers grew from 10 693 063 in 2017, to 10 777 524 in 2018, a growth rate of 0.8%. There was a de­cline of 1.4% in do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers for the year.

In De­cem­ber, in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger num­bers grew by 3.7%, while do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger num­bers de­clined by 0.8% year-onyear, he said.

These num­bers in­cluded all traf­fic through the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nals (ar­rivals and de­par­tures) and may have in­cluded re­peat trav­ellers through­out the year.

“More vis­i­tors mean in­creased ben­e­fits for the city and its res­i­dents,” Vos said.

Wes­gro chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Har­ris said: “The Cape Town Air Ac­cess ini­tia­tive, a part­ner­ship be­tween the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape gov­ern­ment, Air­ports Com­pany South Africa, Wes­gro, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism and the pri­vate sec­tor, has helped land 13 new routes to Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port, adding over 1.5 mil­lion two-way seats to our desti­na­tion. This has re­sulted in a R6-bil­lion boost to our econ­omy since 2015.”

Cape Town, with its iconic tourist at­trac­tions is a well­known desti­na­tion glob­ally.

For the 17th year, the city was voted the num­ber one favourite city in Africa and the Mid­dle East for 2018 in Travel & Leisure’s 2018 read­ers’ poll and scooped the award for the city with the best growth po­ten­tial.

Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port won the award for Africa’s lead­ing air­port in 2018.

“These awards, among a host of other ac­co­lades, ac­knowl­edge our ef­forts and sig­nify a turn for tourism in Cape Town,” Vos said.

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