International and domestic arrivals to the Western Cape are at a three-year high. The good news was announced by Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities.
According to the MEC, establishments across the province have welcomed a record number of visitors.
International arrivals over December at Cape Town Airport went up by 3.2% compared with the previous year. January 2015 saw even more impressive figures, with arrivals up 8.2% year-on-year. Presenting a snapshot of the numbers for the past three years, Winde said tourism was trending upwards, with visitor numbers increasing steadily between 2012 and 2015.
“We’re seeing an increase in international and domestic tourists, and we are seeing greater movement of tourists to regions across the province. Our iconic attractions in and around the metro remain our performance leaders. Table Mountain National Park and the V&A Waterfront once again scooped the top prizes for visitor numbers, experiencing a 6.7% and 2.9% year on year increase in visitors respectively”, says Winde. (The V&A Waterfront attracted 23.8 million visitors in 2014!)