Most visitors ever to Point

2016-12-13 09:47

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Cape Point last week welcomed its millionth visitor of the year, surpassing all previous records in the number of visitors to the attraction in a single year.

On Wednesday at 12:45, Emily Machaka from Limpopo was named the millionth visitor. She was accompanied by her husband and their four children. The family was welcomed by Table Mountain National Park staff and were surprised with a hamper filled with Cape Point goodies, including entry tickets into the park, funicular tickets, a lunch voucher for the Two Oceans restaurant, vouchers to shop at the curio stores at Cape Point and a picnic hamper.

“One million visitors to Cape Point this year is a remarkable achievement. We are very proud to have reached this milestone.

“It is a testament to not only the enduring popularity of Cape destinations but also the dedication of our staff.

“We are looking forward to the continued success of this majestic location and a bumper high season,” says park manager Lesley-Ann Meyer.

Record number
After exceeding the same number of visitors as last year in October already, Cape Point has been anticipating reaching the record number this season.

“Putting things into perspective: for the full calendar year last year, the park had 887 000 visitors and 340 000 people riding the funicular,” explains Judiet Barnes, marketing manager of the Thebe Tourism Group which manages Cape Point.

The increase in tourism numbers has been caused by many factors. Barnes ascribes it primarily to an increase in tourists to Cape Town and “our long-term marketing initiatives”.

“It is an exciting milestone for us. It will help to raise the profile of Cape Point as one of SA’s top tourist attractions.”

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