Domestic visitors flock to Western Cape

Published on : Tuesday, July 18, 2017

indexAmong domestic visitors, the Western Cape is slowly becoming a hot spot and a much favored place.

In 2016, almost two million South Africans visited this province which accounted for 17% more than 2015 respectively.

Last year, domestic tourists spent approximately R2,5 billion in the Western Cape.

Officials consider that tourism industry could easily become a key player to churn faster growth and employment opportunities in the province.

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde is taking measures to turn this into a reality.

“We will now do the analysis to show what the jobs numbers are looking like and show that it’s also key to what we’re trying to achieve.”

The MEC further explains that 2016 was an extraordinary year for Western Cape tourism as it witnessed considerable increases as recorded across the board.

“This is a result of, amongst others, the decision we made to put tourism front and centre through our Project Khulisa growth strategy. When we put Project Khulisa together, we believed that tourism held huge potential to unlock accelerated growth and job creation in our province. We put dedicated teams, and a dedicated programme of action in place to realise this potential. Next week we’ll be providing a full analysis of our tourism performance to date, and we’ll be reporting back on our achievements in terms of creating growth and jobs in this sector.”

However, this year, the International drawcard events like the Killarney International Raceway’s World Rallycross Championship and a leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series will take place in Cape Town.

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