Photo: WILLEM LAW
Photo: WILLEM LAW

Western Cape the place to visit

By Joseph Booysen Time of article published Jan 18, 2017

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Cape Town - The Western Cape had a bumper tourism period with an increase of almost 30 percent in international visitors says Cape Town Tourism.

Cape Town Tourism released the preliminary figures this week for visitor traffic at Cape Town International Airport and at the city's major attractions.

December 2016 arrivals showed an 8 percent increase in total arrivals (year-on-year) at the airport (522 659), domestic arrivals increased by 3 percent (398 245), regional arrivals showed a 1 percent decrease (8 795) and international arrivals increased by 29 percent (84 493).

Visitor numbers to the city's six major attractions showed there were 49 738 visitors to the Robben Island Museum this past festive season, 4 percent more than in December 2015. Kirstenbosch saw a record December with the most visitors in a month with 118 699, a 6 percent increase year-on-year, Groot Constantia with 79 000 visitors, a 25 percent increase on December 2015. Cape Point also experienced a record December with 129 039 visitors, a 15 percent increase, Table Mountain received 150 201 visitors, a 0.3 percent increase, year-on-year. The Waterfront had a 1 percent decrease in visitors, however, for last year in total, they had almost 1 million more visitors than 2015.

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Cape Town Tourism said tourism organisations cited locals preferring to stay within South Africa in December and the exchange rate, which remains favourable for international visitors as contributing to the favourable results.

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