Cape’s best summer in a decade

Cape Town’s tourism industry had its “best summer season in 10 years” between January and March.

Cape Town Tourism’s quarterly report, for the period between January and March, shows an increase in travellers to the city, noting the period was “very positive”.

The City of Cape Town is covering all bases ahead of the holiday season. Photo: Michael Walker. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The figures show a rise in arrivals at Cape Town International Airport.

There were just over 75 000 international arrivals in February, a 12 percent increase from last year.

The report also points to a 90 percent occupancy levels at accommodation, specifically along the Atlantic Seaboard and the City Bowl.

On domestic arrivals, the figure was 272 912. This is a 5.3 percent increase from last year.

The report then compared visitor numbers at some of the biggest tourism attractions, like the Kirstenbosch Gardens and the V&A Waterfront.

The February figures show just over 61 000 people visited Kirstenbosch Gardens – an 8 percent increase from last year.

Cape Town Tourism’s visitor information network centres handled just over 36 000 queries between January and March. This is a 4 percent increase from the previous three months.

The report also found the city’s popularity on social networks had been growing.

Cape Town Tourism’s twitter account had more 10 000 followers, up from 8 900. - Cape Argus