Cape Town

Cape Town has been crowned Africa’s Leading City Destination. Image via @cityofcapetown/Instagram

Good news for Cape Town: Visitors flooding back to Mother City

Cape Town, which consistently features as one of the world’s prime tourism destinations, is experiencing an uptick in visitor arrivals.

Cape Town

Cape Town has been crowned Africa’s Leading City Destination. Image via @cityofcapetown/Instagram

The Mother City has long been one of the world’s preferred destinations, with Cape Town often winning travel awards for being a highly attractive and desirable tourism hotspot.

Cape Town continues to be South Africa’s destination of choice, with increasing visitor numbers being recorded at Cape Town International Airport.


Tourism is the bread and butter for many economies. A slowdown in tourism arrivals translates into economic hardship for several communities that depend on this sector.

Covid-19 and the resulting restrictions put a damp on tourism sectors across the globe. After an easing of restrictions in most parts of the world, tourism has begun to stage a recovery.

Whilst there is pent-up demand for travel and tourism several destinations are yet to see a return of pre-pandemic tourism numbers to their shores.


Data released by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) show that visitors are streaming back into Cape Town.  Reports indicate that Cape Town International Airport welcomed over 260 000 international passengers at the airport last month (December).

The numbers show that arrivals for the month of December have improved greatly, compared to the same period before the pandemic.


The fact that a number of international airlines have started or restarted flights to Cape Town has helped the city to attract increasing numbers of visitors to its shores. Economic Opportunities MEC, Mireille Wenger, said there has been a 95% recovery in passenger numbers at the airport.

“I warmly welcome preliminary stats received from the Airports Company South Africa showing a spectacular recovery in passenger numbers during the peak season month of December when comparing to pre-pandemic level,” Wenger said as reported by EWN.

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