Survey shows the Western Cape had a good festive season
The survey found that “Top experiences attracting visitors to the Western Cape include wine tasting and activities at wine estates for families, cultural and sustainable experiences, local dining, events and outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.”
Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier said: “This is a positive indication of recovery in the tourism sector following the drought, and we remain optimistic ahead of the official statistics which will be published by South African Tourism towards the end of the month. Looking ahead, the visitor numbers remain consistent with the previous year, with a small increase in forward reservations. There’s also been an increase in enquiries for local events and cost- effective experiences for families.”
According to the survey: “Challenges such as load shedding, confusion around unabridged birth certificates and visas, and concerns about safety and the drought were raised by the tourism industry as inhibitors to sector growth.”
Opportunities for improvement were also mentioned, with some visitors noting that many businesses in smaller towns were closed on New Year’s Day, resulting in them leaving destinations earlier than planned.
Referring to these challenges, Maynier said: “I’m committed to working with our partners in the tourism industry to address these issues. Wine cellars, specifically those outside Stellenbosch and Paarl, confirmed an increase in sales from the previous year,” said the survey.
The report from the tourism industry also noted trends in regions outside Cape Town: “Some 80-90% of all reservations were made online; and last minute reservations made directly with establishments increased.”@MwangiGithahu