More visitors to cruise into CT

2015-07-07 06:02

The Vandamp;A Waterfront has been announced as the preferred bidder in the development of a cruise liner terminal by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

The Vandamp;A is set to pump about R179m into the terminal, and the agreement includes the operation and maintenance and the transfer of ownership back to the TNPA after 20 years.

About 10 000 visitors arrive here on a cruise each year and they generate about R200m for the local economy.

The plan to build a dedicated cruise liner terminal was announced three years ago, but has been delayed by red tape, including a ban on cruise liners longer than 200m berthing at the Waterfront, instituted by the department of home affairs.

The facility will remain at E berth, Duncan Dock, but has the potential to extend the footprint of the Vandamp;A Waterfront into the port, linking the two.

According to the TNPA, there are plans for the development to include retail and hospitality services.

The investment is a major boost for Western Cape tourism, says provincial minister of economic opportunities Alan Winde.

“The Vandamp;A Waterfront is already a tourism landmark and can serve as the gateway to the rest of the region. Cruise liner tourism presents a significant opportunity for economic growth and job creation,” he says

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