Western Cape still a winner with travellers

2015-12-11 10:42 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - Local and international tourists are set to flock to the Western Cape in the coming weeks - and who can blame them, there is so much to enjoy?

Many first impressions of Cape Town and the surrounds will be made and many long lost loves for the city will be rekindled. 

Some of the highlights include gorgeous beaches, vineyards, Table Mountain, Cape Point and the divine city centre lights in Adderley Street. 

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While SA's visa rules were initially seen as a barrier to entry, affecting visitor numbers to South Africa overall, changes announced by the government to amend certain requirements for tourists from certain countries has been welcomed news and will impact tourism positively,  according to the Western Cape Government.

"We have officially entered our peak tourism season and I’d like to welcome all visitors to our province. I have received positive reports from the Western Cape’s leading tourism players, and all indications point to a phenomenal season for our sector,"said Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism

Here are of some of the summer winners in the Western Cape...

Table Mountain Cableway

South Africa's seventh wonder of the world continues to impress global crowds. It had a year-on-year increase of visitors this October and November - wherein November was 15% higher than last year, 2014. 

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Kirstenbosch Gardens 

The botanical garden, summer concert venue, open-air cinema and gateway to Table Mountain has increased its numbers since introducing the wooden Boomslang tree-top walkway in 2014. Over 500 thousand people have already visited the gardens in this financial year. 

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Cape Point

The tip of South Africa reported a 14.6 year-on-year increase at their gates and a 13.7% increase at their funicular (cableway) in November. 

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Groot Constantia

The green flower gardens, wedding venue and vineyards usually attract over 350 thousand visitors per year, is set to experience their highest numbers over the festive period. 

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