Wanted: new tourist attractions not in Cape Town
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\n The Western Cape government wants new tourist attractions away from the Mother City as popular spots are reaching “absolute capacity”.\n
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This comes as the province has recorded record numbers of tourists over the festive season.
The number of foreign tourists have grown by 29.8% year on year – something that has local authorities smiling.
But during a media conference to announce the good news MEC for Economic Opportunities‚ Alan Winde‚ said the province has to think cleverly and invest in new attractions.
“Our attractions are reaching absolute capacity‚” he said.
Winde said in the City of Cape Town new hotels‚ restaurants and other forms of accommodation are sprouting. While this is boosting the city as an international brand it is also leading to congestion on the roads.
“At 8 o’clock in the morning…you are hitting a traffic jam because Table Mountain is already queued up‚” said Winde.
He said the major attractions run the risk of losing guests to other places because queues can get too long.
Project Khulisa‚ a programme led by the provincial government‚ is looking at growing new attractions such as wine tourism‚ the cycle tourism network and the Nelson Mandela legacy route.
He said these areas would cater for second time tourists who wanted to experience new things.
“In March we will be launching the Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town route [which will be] …on gravel roads primarily‚ going through small towns and villages‚ joining a mass movement around the world – the world of cycle tourism‚” he said.
This is set to see thousands of tourists contribute to the economy of the small towns.
Tourists visiting major attractions went from 783‚089 in December 2015 to 829‚734 in December last year.
Foreign tourists arriving at the Cape Town International airport jumped from 88‚608 in December 2015 to 114‚218 in December last year.
There was also a 3% increase in domestic arrivals in December. The airport also welcomed its 10-millionth visitor last year.
-TMG Digital/The Times
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