Travelling to South Africa
Tourists flock up Table Mountain
Major drawcardAccording to research Grant Thornton conducted in November on behalf of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, South Africa will gain an additional 108 000 international tourists a year due to the increased exposure of Table Mountain as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Other sites voted to the provisional list include the Amazon in South America, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Iguazu Falls in Argentina, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo in Indonesia, and the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines. "The growth in tourism, particularly in the Western Cape, will be boosted despite the fragile global economy," said Grand Thornton's Jansen van Vuuren at the time. "As a result of its increased popularity, Table Mountain will be a major drawcard and a key deciding factor in people’s decisions to come to South Africa." The value of this tourism increase is estimated to be approximately R1.4-billion per year for the first five years following the inclusion.
Good weather = more visitorsCape Town's sunny weather also meant that the Cableway could operate 72% of the time - as opposed to December 2010, when strong winds and unpleasant weather allowed the cable cars to run for only 56% of the time. The good weather conditions, and effective online ticket sales, meant that thousands of people could experience a trip up Table Mountain during December 2011. "Our online ticketing system worked very well and meant that our queues were more manageable than in the past," said Table Mountain Cableway marketing manager Collette van Aswegen. SAinfo reporter
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