Cape Town - It is good to see that water consumption in Cape Town remained the same despite increased numbers of tourists in December, Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy said in a statement on Thursday.
He thanked all visitors to the Mother City for their water-saving efforts.
There have even been reports of some tourists bringing their own water along from their home towns.
Initial reports on the December 2017 peak tourism month show high growth in international arrivals, and an increase in visitors to regions across the Western Cape, according to the Western Cape tourism and investment promotion agency (Wesgro).
Wesgro surveyed local tourism offices in the region to obtain an initial idea. Altogether, 30 out of 36 local tourism offices interviewed by Wesgro noted increases in visitors this December. Official statistics will, however, only be published by SA Tourism at a later date.
Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) at Cape Town International Airport registered 127 309 international arrivals for December 2017 - an 11.5% increase compared to December 2016.
Domestic arrivals by air dipped slightly by 2.2% to 389 324. Wesgro is of the view this could be because many domestic tourists travelled to the province by land.
Wesgro CEO Tim Harris emphasised that tourists are helping grow local economies and create jobs in the most remote parts of the province.
"This is precisely why tourism is so valuable to our economy during these more challenging economic times, and why Wesgro will continue to do everything possible to ensure the industry continues to grow,” he said.
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, welcomed initial reports of increases in regional trips.
“Key goals of Project Khulisa, our economic growth strategy, include securing more direct flights and spreading the returns of tourism across our region to create growth and jobs in rural areas," said Winde.
"These results prove that we are having a positive impact. We have also received feedback from our towns that visitors have responded positively to our water savings message, with many bringing water from their home towns."
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