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SPECIAL FEATURE Air Access success 2014-2016: • • • •

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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10 new routes 11 route expansions 700 000 new inbound seats C TIA close to two-million  international passengers in 2016 C TIA expects total of  2.5-million in 2017 first half of 2017 international traffic at CTIA grew 27% compared to same period in 2016. (Wesgro).

In 2016, tourism to the Western Cape supported 319 227 jobs and contributed R38.8-billion to the regional economy. The 2017 Domestic Tourism Survey (StatsSA) gave these statistics related to the Western Cape: •  M ore than 1.1-million overnight leisure trips • 166 000 overnight business trips • 4.1-million paid bed nights •  241 000 tourists stayed in hotels 161 000 tourists stayed in guesthouses/guest farms 157 000 tourists stayed in B&Bs 336 000 tourists stayed in self-catering establishments.

Day trips and overnight trips were for holidays (most stated reason) and visiting family and friends (number two reason) and it was found that domestic tourism was strong. With the long-term drought showing no signs of abating in late 2017, several measures are being taken by the hospitality industry to ensure that tourism is not affected, and that tourists “act like locals” when it comes to saving water. George Airport had a total of about 720 000 passengers in 2016. Airlink, SA Express and Kulula are the airlines that fly into George. It serves as a tourism hub for the Southern Cape region, including destinations such

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Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, on the impact of Air Access We saw a 16% growth in international passenger traffic in 2016, breaking the 10-million passenger mark and establishing us as the third-biggest airport on the continent. In the first half of 2017, international passenger traffic grew by 27%, and since the inception of Air Access in 2015, we have added 10 new routes, 11 route expansions and a total of 700 000 new inbound seats to Cape Town International Airport. As a result of this expansion, the airport has a multi-billion-rand expansion project that includes a realigned runway, a new domestic terminal, a new international terminal and a luggage transit facility, which is exciting in terms of our emergence as a regional aviation hub. More and more people are seeing Cape Town as the place to launch a trip across Southern Africa. The Air Access project has been hugely successful as a result of the collaboration between the different spheres of government and the private sector, including the City of Cape Town, the Provincial Government and the National Government represented by ACSA, with South African Tourism joining us in August 2017. Business has also contributed with support from Investec, Naspers, Leeu Collection and Steinhoff.

From left to right: Tim Harris, Otto Stehlik, Jo-Anne Strauss, Dr André Schulz and Minister Alan Winde.

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