Cape Town International Airport has seen 2 million two-way passengers come through its international terminal between January and October this year. Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC, Mireille Wenger says this shows a growth of 57%, when compared to the figures over the same period, but the year before.
Wenger said, “We are very excited for the upcoming summer tourism season, which is shaping up to be truly impressive, and possibly even record-breaking. We are expecting 25% more international visitors than last season, exceeding 1 million inbound seats for the first time.”
2 Million passengers between Jan and Oct
At the same time, Wenger said, this figure even exceeded pre-pandemic levels. These figures are contained in the October Tourism Report.
She says on the domestic front, more than 5.5 million two-way passengers passed through the CTIA domestic terminal, over the same period. Compared to the same segment in 2022, this shows an increase of 15%.
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3% Year-on-Year increase
The Southern Cape also showed an increase in the number of people visiting the picturesque region.
Two-way passenger traffic through George Airport reached 645 172 between January and October this year. This is a 3% year-on-year increase for the same period in 2022.
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The October Tourism Report was compiled by the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) trade, investment, and tourism promotion agency, Wesgro.
October Tourism Report
She says this is fantastic news for a sector that contributes so much to economic impact and job creation in the Western Cape.
“We have also celebrated the many significant awards that have been streaming in, which include Cape Town being voted as the Greatest City on Earth and South Africa as the greatest County on Earth by the UK’s 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. The 36th edition of Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Awards saw 14 out of the top 15, or a stunning 93%, of the best hotels in Eastern and Southern Africa being based in the Western Cape. The World Travel Awards Africa also crowned 8 Western Cape-based tourism and hospitality as winners,” she concluded.