Close to 40 percent of international visitors to South Africa from November 2015 to January this year also visited Cape Town.
Over the period, 261 290 overseas visitors arrived at Cape Town International Airport, up from last year’s 251 569 during the same period. This compares with 670 575 overseas arrivals to South Africa during the same period. Deon Cloete, GM of Cape Town International Airport, said overall passenger numbers had shown robust growth in the past year.
“On the international front, arriving passengers grew by 7 percent, while the domestic arriving passengers grew by 10 percent for the same period.” Cloete said in per annum figures, Cape Town International Airport was now handling around 9.6 million passengers, with its goal being 10 million passengers. “We hope that, as more direct flights into Cape Town are announced in the coming months, we will reach this target.”
European markets continue to make up a significant portion of tourist arrivals into Cape Town, accounting for about 45 percent of arrivals. Increases had been noted from Germany, the Netherlands and France.
Looking More Closely At The Province
Visitors to the V&A Waterfront have continued to increase, with a total of 11.8 million people recorded between November last year and March this year. This is up by 5.8 percent from the same period in the previous year.
Kirstenbosch shows a 1.3 percent increase, logging 466 646 visitors.
Robben Island had 200 000 people visit the World Heritage Site, a 24 percent increase.
Table Mountain National Park had an increase of 15.6 percent
Boulders showed an 18.9 percent increase
Cape of Good Hope showed a 17.5 percent increase
West Coast National Park had an increase of 16.3 percent in visitor numbers
Agulhas National Park showed a 20 percent increase
Bontebok National Park recorded a 17 percent increase.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Liesl Venter.