Busy December sparks Cape optimism

7th Jan 2013

Optimism is increasing among tour operators in the Western Cape of South Africa following a busy December period.

Cape Town Tourism, in tandem with Horwath HTL, says it expects growth of 4% for the season. Growth of between 5% and 10% is expected on revenue picked up throughout 2011, while some areas including the Waterfront, Sea Point and City Bowl fare better, according to Jeff Rosenberg of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa.

He added: "It's been a generally good season. There has been a good mix, with overseas visitors from the traditional markets of the United Kingdom and Germany. Brazil, too, has continued to grow since the World Cup."

The rally of the domestic market has particularly cheered analysts, with the Cableway on Table Mountain enjoying a record December period - with just under 120,000 people taking a ride to the top of the landmark mountain.

Sabine Lehmann, CEO of the Cableway, said around 100,000 were usually expected over December, but good weather meant 119,000 people had taken advantage of the facility.

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