Tourism New flights are bringing greater numbers of tourists to the Western Cape.
he Western Cape attracts huge numbers of tourists every year and this is a sector where positive growth has already created many job opportunities. Every kind of tourism is doing well, from leisure and adventure tourism to meetings and conferences. Tourism grew at 6.6% for the five years to 2014 and generated jobs growth in the same time period of 7.7%. The sector employs 204 000 people in formal jobs and is worth about R17-billion to the regional economy. A project to increase the number of seats available on aeroplanes flying into Cape Town International Airport has reaped remarkable success. Between July 2015 and December 2016 the Cape Town Air Access programme secured an increase in 408 400 direct two-way seats to Cape Town from destinations such as Dubai (140 000), Turkey (110 000), Ethiopia (80 000) and the Netherlands (30 000). A total of 162 000 tourists travelled to the Western Cape from the USA; arrivals at the Cape Town International Airport increased 16% year-on-year in 2015. The airport regularly wins accolades such as Best Airport in Africa and the total number of passengers passing through the airport has been above eight-million every year since the FIFA football World Cup in 2010, with the figure approaching 10-million in 2015/16. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017
SECTOR INSIGHT The Cape Town International Convention Centre will be twice as large in 2017. • Scheduled flights are available to Plettenberg Bay. • Hilton Hotels and Resorts runs a resort in Knysna. • Cape Town’s Foreshore is alive with new tourism developments. George Airport had a total of about 720 000 passengers last year. Airlink, SA Express and kulula are the airlines that fly into George. It serves as a tourism hub for the Southern Cape region, includ-