Western Cape Tourism drawing more visitors, record growth

CAPE TOWN – The latest Western Cape tourism statistics have shown an increase in visitor number in areas outside of the Mother City.

In recent months, The Agulhas National Park has seen a 130 percent increase in tourists.

The Garden Route and Klein Karoo also enjoyed a 20 percent growth in visitor numbers.

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde on Tuesday said that tourists were seeing a lot more of the Cape while holidaying in the province.

“We’ve seen great growth around the city but what’s also really nice to see is how the growth is coming further afield – about 17 percent coming in from other parks and Agulhas with an amazing at 140 percent growth. So we are seeing attractions that are growing very nicely.”

The George Airport is set to become the first airport nationally to run entirely off solar energy, adding to the Eco-Tourism initiatives of the Garden Route.

The George Airport is set to become the first airport nationally to run entirely off solar energy, adding to the Eco-Tourism initiatives of the Garden Route.