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Thousands of tourists cruise into Cape Town

Statement by the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos

I am delighted at the opportunity to welcome the crew and passengers of the MS Queen Elizabeth to our shores today.

The MS Queen Elizabeth cruise liner is no stranger to our shores and we are excited that the vessel has made Cape Town a port of call once again.

The cruise liner carries 2 068 passengers and 996 crew members.

The City is actively working to promote Cape Town as the top cruise destination on the continent.

The cruise tourism industry has shown significant year-on-year growth and makes a substantial contribution not only to this city's economy but to the South African economy at large.

With the average daily tourist spend of between R501 R1 000 (excluding accommodation), one can appreciate the boost this gives to our city's economy. The average spend by an international tourist per trip is R8 400 in-destination (while in Cape Town), and a R10 600 prepaid spend (before a traveller arrives on our shores).

According to Cape Town Tourism, the projected value of the cruise tourism industry between 2017 and 2027 is estimated to be in the region of R220 billion.

A cruise ship carrying about 2 000 passengers results in spending to the value of approximately R2 million per day.

This sector has the potential to grow even further with significant economic spin-offs for the city and its residents.

We are working with our tourism partners and the V and A Waterfront to promote the city as a destination of choice globally for cruise tourism.

The cruise peak season starts from October to April, and we have seen a tremendous increase in this sector. Just this season alone, 30 vessels are expected to make 49 stop-overs in Cape Town.

We have witnessed a steady increase in cruise passenger arrivals, from 47 145 during the 2017-2018 cruise season, to 52 580 during 2018-2019.

I am proud to announce that 32 vessels, including 67 stop-overs have already been confirmed for the 2020-2021 cruise season.

We have witnessed significant growth in capacity and a large number of cruise travellers taking time out to enjoy the city's tourism experiences.

It's no secret, this industry holds tremendous economic opportunities.

We have noticed the significant economic benefits of the Air Access initiative, which included 15 direct flights and 21 exiting route expansions.

We firmly believe a dedicated strategy on cruise tourism will deliver the same result. The increased air connectivity makes Cape Town an ideal port to join, or disembark.

Indications are that Cape Town is poised to become a homeport for specialist cruises over time.

The dedicated cruise terminal, funded by the V and A Waterfront, has certainly put us in the running to become the cruise destination of choice.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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