In spite of drought & third-quarter recession, Cape Town tourism shows positive trend!

 Thursday, January 24, 2019 


Cape Town Tourism has recognized several factors that manipulated travel choices last year, comprising a third-quarter recession and the drought as the main factors.


Statistics released by Cape Town’s main attractions, Cape Town International Airport and the Destination Report of STR showed a mixed performance for December 2018.


The second half of the year has revealed that the recovery of the city related to tourism is steady, in spite of a poor performance in the early part of 2018.


December performance was affected by reduced number of school holidays, negatively impacting the leisure market but resulting in earlier bookings of corporate events as well as bookings.


Many locals went for ‘staycation’ and explored local attractions and experiences. Attractions particularly commented on the rise of local footfall.


Robben Island confirmed highest increase every year for December at 28% more visitors, by and large attributed to enhanced operations since the same period in 2018. This was after a year of challenges that witnessed the attraction 10% down for the whole of 2018.


Also, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has reported a year-on-year 6% growth for December of a prominent recovery after ending the year 2% down for the whole of 2018.


The V&A Waterfront, Africa’s most oft visited attraction showed visitor statistics for December were 2% lower than in the same time in 2017, as did the Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Point.

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