The Western Cape expects to see an increase in international tourist arrivals during the 2015/2016 peak season, after an 11% increase in international arrivals had been seen over the recent period, according to Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities.
Minister Winde said figures from Cape Town International Airport had recorded just over 69 000 international arrivals in October, up 10 000 from October 2014.
Deidre Davids, Communications Manager: Cape Town International Airport, said the estimated peak season growth between September 2015 and March 2016 was anticipated at 3% compared with the previous year.
“The month of October marks the beginning of the peak season at the airport and lasts through until the month of March, with March typically being the busiest month of the year. We anticipate November to show good growth as well as the remaining upcoming months in line with positive growth that we saw during the winter season,” said Davids.
Minister Winde said this growth was being driven by the Western Cape’s traditional markets, which were not as severely impacted by the immigration regulations. He is also confident the concessions made to the regulations would start reversing the downward trend seen from strategic emerging markets.