More international tourists in Cape Town

2014-05-18 18:50
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Johanneburg - The number of international tourists visiting Cape Town between January and March this year increased from 2013, the provincial tourism department said on Sunday.

"International arrivals between January and March totalled 230 722. This is up from 223 047 over the same time period last year, provincial tourism MEC Alan Winde said in a statement.

December had been one of the best holiday seasons recorded. All major attractions reported an increase and air arrivals reached pre-recession levels, he said.

A total of 1 107 319 tourists came to the city in the first quarter of 2014. In the same period last year 1 092 339 visitors landed on the city's shores.

He said tourism was a major revenue generator for the province, providing employment for 150 000 people.

Between January and September 2013, foreign direct spending in the city totalled R12.7bn.

Winde said SA Tourism would release full-year figures in June.

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