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LAST YEAR, 2.6 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers were recorded by Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CTIA), rep­re­sent­ing a 9.6 per­cent growth from 2017, de­spite the drought and other prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced by the re­gion, the City of Cape Town said yes­ter­day. “This growth came from long-haul car­ri­ers from out­side the south­ern African re­gion and the uptick bodes well for the lo­cal econ­omy,” said James Vos, may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­set man­age­ment. Over­all pas­sen­ger num­bers grew from 10 693 063 in 2017 to 10 777 524 in 2018, equat­ing to an in­crease of 84 000 ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers pass­ing through the air­port – a growth rate of 0.8 per­cent. There was a slight de­cline of 1.4 per­cent in do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers for the year. In the month of De­cem­ber 2018, in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger num­bers grew by 3.7 per­cent, while do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger num­bers de­clined by 0.8 per­cent, year-on-year, he said. These num­bers in­cluded all traf­fic through the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nals (ar­rivals and de­par­tures), and may in­clude re­peat trav­ellers through­out the year. “The City of Cape Town is de­lighted at the growth in in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger num­bers for 2018. The busy peak sea­son and tourism growth to the re­gion is en­cour­ag­ing in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing what has been a chal­leng­ing time for the tourism sec­tor. More vis­i­tors mean in­creased ben­e­fits for the city,” Vos said. Western Cape eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties MEC Bev­er­ley Schäfer said: “The tourism in­dus­try was hard hit by the drought last year, but re­ports from many of our tourist of­fices have been largely pos­i­tive and we look for­ward to work­ing with the in­dus­try in 2019.” I African News Agency (ANA)

BUSI­NESS Re­port ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor Adri Senekal De Wet and Live Ed­i­tor Sizwe Dlamini min­gle with or­phans at the Agri Dwala, a BEE farm­ing ini­tia­tive un­der the lead­er­ship of Kosie van Zyl. I Sup­plied

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