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Old April 22nd, 2014, 08:59 PM   #41
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A good number of people do visit the surrounding areas. My point to Popa is, people also visit Asian cities like HCMnh City, Manilla, Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, etc specifically to experience the city life and then fly back to Europe. It's not a phenomenon exclusive to CT, Rio and Istanbul.

Anyway, what's the total number of international tourists who visit Cape Town?
"A good number" is very different from "you won't find any..."

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Luxury tourism booms in Cape Town
11 MAR 2014 09:58 MIKE COHEN

Ex-banker Paul Harris added a R50 000 a night villa to his Cape Town hotel as the city Nelson Mandela gazed at from his island prison lures an increasing number of millionaire tourists.

Harris, 64, who quit as chief executive of FirstRand Ltd five years ago, opened the extension with a 7 500-bottle wine cellar and whiskey lounge in November. About 95% of his guests are from outside South Africa and have included Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey, he said.

"We had our dark times, we had apartheid," said Harris, who uses the Ellerman House hotel, once the home of a shipping magnate, to display his art collection. "Tourism could be the best thing going for South Africa."

Cape Town, where the Atlantic coast mansions of Clifton and Camps Bay contrast with the sprawling shacks of Khayelitsha township, received a boost in January when the New York Times and London's Guardian newspapers ranked it their top place to visit in 2014.

While strikes shutter South African platinum mines and the poor protest about access to water and housing, the city's 22 five-star hotels are enjoying their best season since the boom that accompanied the hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

International arrivals to Cape Town, where tourists can ride the cable car up Table Mountain or take a boat to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, rose 6.7% to almost 160 000 in the peak month of December from a year earlier, official data shows. Arrivals over the whole of 2012 were 667 814, up 5.6% on 2010.

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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:19 PM   #42
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In order to build a tourist industry, requires a lot of planning and timing. You can shorten the learning and timing process by looking and learning from others, especially from the Caribbean. Today the South Africans are doing better than the rest of SSA, but ask the South African government and Im sure they will explain to you that much of what they are doing to develop the industry since 1998 have been learnt from the Bahamas and the rest of the Caribbean. The South African government have send many students to the Bahamas to learn how to develop the tourist industry.
I would say 20 years later its paying off.
no one visits the carribean for its cities. and no tourist cities are built for tourism. its built to make a good living environment for its residents and tourists then follow
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:21 PM   #43
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People here are so unrealistic. I can think of many cities in Latin America and North Africa for example that are waaaay better than in SSA and are not tourist centres so that shows the level of competition.

If people dont want to go to Sao Paulo, Lima, Bogota etc then Africa is up against it with regards to urban tourism. Even beautiful Algiers is (inexplicably) not a major tourism centre (perhaps the oil has removed the governments need to encourage tourism)

Abuja...never...too sterile, Dakar has good potential with its beaches and relative proximity to aEurope and Eastern USA. Luanda and Maputo especially could be urban tourist centres but a lot of work is still needed. There are no other cities that immediately come to mind .

When I hear people talk about Nairobi and Lagos as potential tourist destinations they just arent being serious. As entry/transit/business points maybe but not in the same way people specifically go to Cape Town.
most cities arent designed to be tourist destinations, other than say vegas. NYC happens to be one simply bc its a great city. make it a great city and people will come. the problem with many SSA cities is that they are just too poor
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:25 PM   #44
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"A good number" is very different from "you won't find any..."

Anyway, to answer your question:

Luxury tourism booms in Cape Town
11 MAR 2014 09:58 MIKE COHEN

Ex-banker Paul Harris added a R50 000 a night villa to his Cape Town hotel as the city Nelson Mandela gazed at from his island prison lures an increasing number of millionaire tourists.

Harris, 64, who quit as chief executive of FirstRand Ltd five years ago, opened the extension with a 7 500-bottle wine cellar and whiskey lounge in November. About 95% of his guests are from outside South Africa and have included Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey, he said.

"We had our dark times, we had apartheid," said Harris, who uses the Ellerman House hotel, once the home of a shipping magnate, to display his art collection. "Tourism could be the best thing going for South Africa."

Cape Town, where the Atlantic coast mansions of Clifton and Camps Bay contrast with the sprawling shacks of Khayelitsha township, received a boost in January when the New York Times and London's Guardian newspapers ranked it their top place to visit in 2014.

While strikes shutter South African platinum mines and the poor protest about access to water and housing, the city's 22 five-star hotels are enjoying their best season since the boom that accompanied the hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

International arrivals to Cape Town, where tourists can ride the cable car up Table Mountain or take a boat to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, rose 6.7% to almost 160 000 in the peak month of December from a year earlier, official data shows. Arrivals over the whole of 2012 were 667 814, up 5.6% on 2010.

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Nice. Ho Chi Minh City for instance gets 3.8 million international visitors as of 2012, 56 percent of all visitors to Vietnam.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:53 PM   #45
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Nice. Ho Chi Minh City for instance gets 3.8 million international visitors as of 2012, 56 percent of all visitors to Vietnam.
Cape Town still has a long way to go. But the numbers are deceptive because a lot of international traffic is routed through Johannesburg.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:08 AM   #46
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Zim tourism hits $1 billion in 2013 projected to grow to $5 billion by 2015

MUTARE — Government plans to grow the tourism contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) to 15% by 2015, a senior government official said last week.

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Addressing staff from his ministry recently during a familiarisation tour, Tourism and Hospitality minister, Walter Mzembi said tourism contributed to the GDP on the basis of 2,5 million arrivals and close to US$1 billion in tourism receipts.

“It is our target to grow this contribution of GDP to 15% by 2015, on the basis of 3,2 million arrivals and US$5 billion in tourism receipts,” said Mzembi.

He reiterated government’s commitment to developing tourism in the country by introducing a cocktail of measures, such as promoting domestic tourism packages for low income earners so that they can have an opportunity to visit some tourist attraction areas with their families.

“We want even the low income earners to go for holiday by designing packages which are suitable for them. In a way, we are promoting domestic tourism,” said Mzembi.

Mzembi said this amplifies the economic importance of tourism as an economic pillar.

“All previous economic blueprints have captured tourism as an economic pillar, and our performance as a sector should continue to demonstrate our revenue earning capacity alongside the battery of incentives we require to deliver,” he said.

Mzembi added that his ministry in the next five years will institute legislative reforms in order to align existing legislation to the new national tourism policy.
“There is need to consolidate the gains of the successful co-hosting of the Unwto [United Nation World Tourism Organisation] general assembly as a global endorsement and continued leveraging of Brand Zimbabwe in the regional and global market,” he said.

The Unwto meeting, which was co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia, was held in August this year.

Mzembi underscored the need to initiate considered bilateral and multi-lateral co-operation with a view to mainstream benefits for the tourism sector in a win-win situation.

“Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] should be designed to ensure we can associate with benefits of entering into such agreements in a more meaningful way,” said Mzembi.

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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:15 AM   #47
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UNWTO Spurs Zim Tourism Growth

THE Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) says the country’s tourism industry significantly benefitted from hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly last year.

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Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosted the prestigious global tourism event in August last year, with estimates indicating that the two countries could have spent over US$15 million to put together a high level conference that was attended by about 155 UNWTO members.
The ZCT says in the past few months, it has witnessed tremendous growth in arrivals in hotels and other tourism facilities, which is an indication that the strong global networks established by the industry during the conference have begun to bear fruit. Without a shift in policies governing the industry, further growth of the industry is possible.
“We want people to come to Zimbabwe, especially after the UNWTO conference last year,” says ZCT chief executive officer, Paul Matamisa.
“That event was not meant for Zimbabwe to make money during the host of the conference,” he says.
“It was a marketing event for Zimbabwe and it has done well. Interest on Zimbabwe is now quite high on the international markets. We don’t want to lose that (momentum),” he says.
He spoke as Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) statistics indicated that tourist arrivals rose by 15 percent in 2013 to 2,5 million from 2 million recorded in 2012. The growth was driven by arrivals from Asia and Africa. Matamisa says arrivals have increased significantly during the first quarter of 2014.
Leading hotel groups, Rainbow Tourism Group and African Sun Limited, have also said demand for Zimbabwe as a tourism destination has improved. But while the country’s tourism industry has been slowly recovering from a decade of recession, the arrival levels were still lower than the record set in 1999, when the country reported 4,2 million.
The ZTA says Zimbabwe has recorded a 19 percent decrease in tourist arrivals between 1999 to 2013. The European market, which has been severely affected by a diplomatic tiff between Harare and London, recorded the largest fall in arrivals of 66 percent.
Europe, which has traditionally been the country’s largest tourism market, has slowly been eclipsed by arrivals from Africa and China. The ZTA says if the southern African country had maintained tourist arrivals at an average growth of 14 percent per annum registered between 1980 and 1999, Zimbabwe could easily have reached 14 million arrivals last year.
But the diplomatic standoff resulted in devastating travel warnings and travel bans, which has curtailed the flow of international tourists. The country generated US$1 billion from tourism in 2013. Zimbabwe is targeting to boost the revenue to US$5 billion in the next four years.
Matamisa told the Financial Gazette that among the factors affecting the growth of the tourism industry was a new tax imposed by government, which has resulted in the local market being too expensive than regional competitors.
In the tourism industry, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority has been looking for many taxing opportunities. Government has introduced a 15 percent tax on foreign tourists. Complementary tickets issued by hotels will be taxed backdated to 2009. He said this will affect the growth of the industry.
“They introduced a 15 percent on the revenue that we generate from international tourists,” said Matamisa.
“Tourists were not paying this tax, but now everybody is taxable. But tourists make bookings in advance at rates that are applicable at the time of booking. Hotels cannot change the (rates) and they have to shoulder the costs. If we decide to pass on the costs tourists will go to other destinations. Government should not increase prices for visitors, at least for ongoing contractual arrangements,” he said
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:48 AM   #48
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Well, this is the internet - where everybody can say they have been everywhere. And the "information" is a fact.

You won't find people who go specifically to the city of Cape Town then fly back to Europe either. People visit nearby towns like Stellenbosch and other areas around Western Cape too.

Dude, stop trying to be a smartass on me. I already said that I agree that African cities are still far from being urban tourist destinations, but you need to stop being too big of a pessimist and dropping factors like ''town planning and landscaping" when it's more complex than that.
The problem is when people are talking about tourism when they arent well travelled NOR do they come from a country which is a source of tourism so have no real idea of what people look for. Therein lies the source for a lot of the hot air blown on this forum that THIS or THAT African city can be a major tourist destination. Its like a vegetarian thinking they can talk about the best steakhouses.

For instance, how many people do you personally know who have been to Vietnam? Zero, one, maybe two? I'll stick with zero.

Yes, plenty of people just go to Cape Town and fly back. Though many go to the wine region in close proximity to Cape Town. I was planning on doing the same this year but never made it. Not in the foreseeable future will we see people fly to any SSA city then go back home. The draw just isnt big enough.

Btw, people fly into HMC then head along the beaches and bays before going north to Hanoi then heading into Laos or flying back down to HMC. Im yet to meet someone who went to Vietnam solely for the HMC.
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most cities arent designed to be tourist destinations, other than say vegas. NYC happens to be one simply bc its a great city. make it a great city and people will come. the problem with many SSA cities is that they are just too poor
NYC, London, Paris, Rome, Lisbon etc etc were NOT, i repeat, NOT, "designed" to be tourist destinations.

And you have to look at the bigger picture. Ive already said there are cities elsewhere in the developing world which are FAAAAAR ahead of SSA cities yet aren't tourist destinations so its not as simple as you think.

Take Bogota for instance- decent infrastructure, mild climate, museums, parks, gardens, plazas. The colourful historical colonial zone. Cable car. A huge entertainment district called La Zona Rosa (bars, shops, restaurants, clubs, cafes as far as the eye can see). Plus its surrounded by amazing hillside colonial villages like Villa Real. Neither Durban nor Algiers are major international urban destinations either.

It wont be happening in any SSA city for the foreseeable future.
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Nice. Ho Chi Minh City for instance gets 3.8 million international visitors as of 2012, 56 percent of all visitors to Vietnam.
I thought it would be even higher than 56%. You get a tonne of backpackers who come by bus via Phnom Phem and then everyone else flies into it.

Not an example of a city break destination per se.
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NYC, London, Paris, Rome, Lisbon etc etc were NOT, i repeat, NOT, "designed" to be tourist destinations.

And you have to look at the bigger picture. Ive already said there are cities elsewhere in the developing world which are FAAAAAR ahead of SSA cities yet aren't tourist destinations so its not as simple as you think.

Take Bogota for instance- decent infrastructure, mild climate, museums, parks, gardens, plazas. The colourful historical colonial zone. Cable car. A huge entertainment district called La Zona Rosa (bars, shops, restaurants, clubs, cafes as far as the eye can see). Plus its surrounded by amazing hillside colonial villages like Villa Real. Neither Durban nor Algiers are major international urban destinations either.

It wont be happening in any SSA city for the foreseeable future.
you are right in many aspects but being a highly developed city doesn't mean high tourism levels there is no point competing with london, paris,new york
in urban tourism in terms of bars,parks,shopping etc since all african countires will loose

We need to focus on what makes each african country and city unique and leverage that aspect .....africa has many unique things about it. that could draw as many tourists as vietnam or any other country infact SA and Morroco have done well in leveraging their unique aspects of course a more developed financial system would improve urban tourism

For example if the african stock exchanges became more sofisticated and competetive this would draw in urban tourism in the form of businessman
And the diamond producing countries could set up their own diamond stock exchanges and hold auction in their cities this would attract tens of thousands of diamond dealers and business man as tourists irregardless of how pretty the city is.
Infact I know zim is in the process of building a diamond stock exchange this would certainly boost urbarn tourism

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I thought it would be even higher than 56%. You get a tonne of backpackers who come by bus via Phnom Phem and then everyone else flies into it.

Not an example of a city break destination per se.
I went to just Saigon and Hanoi. But I live in Japan and its only a 4 hour flight. Few cities can rival Cape Town in beauty, accessibility and value for money, but it is FAR from all major economies. That tourists levels are so high in spite of that shows its massive appeal. In Asia Cape Town has bigger name awareness than SA itself (at least in Japan , Korea and Vietnam).
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24 million visitors to the Cape Town waterfront complex alone last year...any given day it is packed with international visitors. Most do fly through Joburg, as that is the hub, but CT is a major international draw, no question.
Not just the natural splendour, the mountain, beaches, Robben Island...wineries right in the city in Constantia valley...but it is a mature destination in terms of culinary offerings...the restaurants are right in the top mix worldwide...and sporting events like the Argus cycle tour, two oceans, the Cape Epic...all internationally renowned...and then the Jazz festival.
The convention centre is also right up there worldwide.

In other words, there are many strings to Cape Towns bow, that is why it frequently gets voted number 1 city in the World! That is a staggering achievement when you consider the competition.
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The problem is when people are talking about tourism when they arent well travelled NOR do they come from a country which is a source of tourism so have no real idea of what people look for. Therein lies the source for a lot of the hot air blown on this forum that THIS or THAT African city can be a major tourist destination. Its like a vegetarian thinking they can talk about the best steakhouses.

For instance, how many people do you personally know who have been to Vietnam? Zero, one, maybe two? I'll stick with zero.

Yes, plenty of people just go to Cape Town and fly back. Though many go to the wine region in close proximity to Cape Town. I was planning on doing the same this year but never made it. Not in the foreseeable future will we see people fly to any SSA city then go back home. The draw just isnt big enough.

Btw, people fly into HMC then head along the beaches and bays before going north to Hanoi then heading into Laos or flying back down to HMC. Im yet to meet someone who went to Vietnam solely for the HMC.
youre making a very narrow definition of tourism. Most aren't internstional and most don't fit the picture of a traveller that drops in to see a city. Most visitors to SA come from other Africans countries just to shop. The city visitor you speak about is a tiny minority and wouldn't make sense for cities to focus on.
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More than 20 hotels at the Coast have closed down and shed at least 3, 000 jobs after terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants pushed bed occupancy levels to a record low.

The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) says half (or 13) of the top-end hotels operating in Malindi and Watamu have closed shop during the low season.

The association adds that at least six hotels in Kwale and some in Lamu have sent workers on leave till the end of the low season at the end of July.

About 2, 500 jobs have been lost in Kilifi County, which relies mainly on Italian tourists, and auxiliary sectors like handicraft makers, taxi drivers, fishermen and farmers are too feeling the hit.

The low season normally starts in May to July, but the hoteliers say it started early this year and they are uncertain when the high season will kick in.

“From last month to date, we have seen 50 per cent of hotels in Kilifi County close down due to tourist drought,” said Philip Chai, the chairman of Kilifi’s KAHC branch.

READ: It’s time we rescued tourism from slow death

“We expect the hotels to re-open from mid-July to July 26 depending on when the Italian chartered airlines will resume flights.” The chartered airlines withdrew flights due to low passenger numbers.

Most hotels at the Coast have since March been operating at 40 per cent occupancy save for the Easter season when it rose to nearly 90 per cent.

This has seen the hotels cut jobs and place workers on unpaid leave to reduce costs and cushion their margins. The hotels say they need bed occupancy of between 60 and 70 per cent to break even.

“We had a busy Easter due to higher number of domestic tourists from Nairobi and other parts of the East African region,” said Adam Sheikh, the Kwale County tourism executive.

Tourist arrivals in Kenya in the first five months of 2013 were down 15 per cent from the previous year.
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It's not really about "town planning and landscaping" really. Most Asian cities don't have that at all, yet, still attract a good number of tourists from all over the globe? Did you read the article I provided about Vietnamese cities by the way?

We just need to build more entertainment amenities, shoppings, sports facilities, cultural facilities, night life and all the other things that really make a city great. They will come.
What? Landscaping and city planning plays a huge role in beautification and development of the city. You can't be serious rejecting Thi notion. Lol

Anyways, East Asians( Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and other South East Asians) makeup the majority of visitors in Bangkok, Jakarta,KL , HCM C, Hanoi Eyc... Just like how whites make a large majority of international Tourists to CT.

In N.Africa, simply Europeans.

Believe me or not, SSA Urban tourism (international tourists) will com be SSAfricans from other SSAn countries.


Westerners, Orientals etc....are only. Interested in Safaris. Because its the best we offer.
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What? Landscaping and city planning plays a huge role in beautification and development of the city. You can't be serious rejecting Thi notion. Lol

Anyways, East Asians( Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and other South East Asians) makeup the majority of visitors in Bangkok, Jakarta,KL , HCM C, Hanoi Eyc... Just like how whites make a large majority of international Tourists to CT.

In N.Africa, simply Europeans.

Believe me or not, SSA Urban tourism (international tourists) will com be SSAfricans from other SSAn countries.


Westerners, Orientals etc....are only. Interested in Safaris. Because its the best we offer.
most international visitors to CT arent whites but come from SADC and other african nations. as long as africa remains relatively irrelevant we wont have anyone visiting any cities on the level of tokyo and paris or london
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most international visitors to CT arent whites but come from SADC and other african nations. as long as africa remains relatively irrelevant we wont have anyone visiting any cities on the level of tokyo and paris or london
Europeans are the top international visitors to Cape Town, followed by the US and then Asian markets. For South Africa as a whole, SADC makes up the larger portion of sheer numbers, but not CT.
Cape Town is firmly entrenched on the big spending and luxury international tourism circuit - and no wonder with all the accolades, including 'Best Worldwide City' last year by both Gaurdian UK and US NY times...plus all the others highlighted below

Cape Town Tourism Mini-Report Summer 2012 - 2013
6 FEB 2013 15:21

Cape Town Tourism recently reported positive results for tourism to the city for the first part of summer season 2012/2013, with record numbers for December 2012 at major attractions across the city.
Table Mountain Cableway reported a record season with 119 000 ticket sales for December 2012, 19 000 more than expected and the cableway's highest monthly visitation for the last 83 years. It is believed that great weather and Table Mountain's status as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature contributed to this increase.

Cape Point saw a slight increase year-on-year with close to 95,000 visitors this past December compared to 90,000 visitors for December 2011.

The V&A Waterfront, South Africa's most-visited tourist attraction, saw an increase of 9.84% from December 2011, with a total of 3,015,227 visitors in December 2012, compared to 2,745,386 the previous year.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also experienced their best December ever with a record number of 81,771 visitors; a 5% increase on December 2011.
Visitor numbers were slightly down at Robben Island, which received 41,250 visitors during December, a decrease of 1,000 visitors from December 2011.

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In a November 2012 report by Horwath HTL and Cape Town Tourism, a similar to slightly better summer season than last year was predicted for Cape Town, with an increase of about 4% on arrivals. Feedback from tourism companies and Cape Town Tourism members confirm that December 2012 was similar to December 2011 in terms of international tourism activity but the domestic market showed a marked increase in both visitor activity and dispersal of visits across the Metropole. We also noted an increase in domestic tourists to our Visitor Information Centres (VIC) and at Cape Town attractions. The VIC network serviced 15 081 visitors in December 2012, which is a 20% increase month on month from December 2011. All attractions reported high numbers of domestic visitors with increasingly representative ethnicity observed.

The top three provincial contributors to domestic arrivals were the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape in that order. The top contributors to international arrivals thus far were Germany, the UK and the USA. 49% of visitors to Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centres in December 2012 were from the international market and 51% from the domestic market. The City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard were exceptionally busy this past December but visitors also dispersed throughout the Metropole; along the Peninsula, to the Winelands and to rural towns outside of Cape Town's borders.

The Cape Town arm of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA Cape) reported a late start to the season, but a better-than-expected festive season. Members of FEDHASA Cape reported an increase in revenue of between 5% and 10% in comparison to December 2011.
In addition, rental vehicles were fully booked for the last two weeks of December and the sunny weather encouraged visitors to get out and about to explore Cape Town.

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport reported total passenger numbers for December 2012 in the region of 760 000, a 6% decrease in passenger movement when compared to December 2011. International arrivals declined by nearly 10% and domestic arrivals marked an almost 6% decline for the month of December 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, says; "The figures from Cape Town International Airport suggest that even more of our visitors to Cape Town travelled by car these holidays. This suggests budget-consciousness and it is likely that many holiday-makers stayed with family and friends and rented accommodation outside of the formal hotel sector. As domestic visitor numbers drop off schools and work re-open, we are seeing an increase in bookings for late January and February, when more international arrivals are expected. The on-going trend of bookings with shorter lead times continues to dominate so we expect current projected occupancy levels for February to increase still."

When comparing all passenger arrivals by air for 2012 (4 236 822 passengers) with previous years, 2012 reflects the most arrivals over the last twelve years according to Cape Town International Airport arrival statistics. "Even though this upward trend is encouraging, the demand for Cape Town year-round must improve in order to support and sustain the increased accommodation capacity in Cape Town post 2010," says Du Toit-Helmbold.

Successes and challenges in 2012

One of the major challenges the city faces during the December holiday period is that Cape Town's infrastructure is stretched, with limited parking and increased traffic on the roads, particularly around major tourist attractions and beaches. Officials coped well with this season's increase in revellers and the holidays passed without major incident and good management of crowd control, traffic and anti-social behaviour.
Lost children on beaches, reckless and drunken driving and petty theft put a damper on an otherwise compliant populace.

Du Toit-Helmbold continues; "In 2012, Cape Town was awarded a number of international accolades, which bear testament to the cities world-class tourism offerings and put Cape Town in good stead for future inbound travel."

2012 accolades include:

Favourite City World Wide, Telegraph Travel Awards 2012
Number Two City in the World, Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Top City in Africa, Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Blue Flag Status 2012 for eight beaches and two marinas
Best Beach Destination in Africa, World Travel Awards 2012
The World's Top City in Africa and the Middle East, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2012
Fourth Top City in the World, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2012
Muizenberg, One of National Geographic's World's 20 Best Surf Towns
Eighth Top Ten Truly Unique Beaches in the World, Tripadvisor 2012
One of the World's Ten Most Loved Cities, CNNgo
Twenty Third Top 25 Destinations in the World, Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012
Eighth Top 10 Beach Destinations in Africa, Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012


Looking forward
February is traditionally the peak of international tourism season in Cape Town with arrivals expected from key source markets in the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands for this month. A forecasting survey of Cape Town Tourism members, conducted in conjunction with Horwath HTL, indicates an average expected occupancy rate of 81% for accommodation establishments across the metropole for February 2013 and an average room rate of R1,224.
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The one thing people totally miss in their comparisons with Asia is the vast number of the visitors cities in Asia get from neighbours. In South Africa that is not the case because regional travel in Africa is super limited. Until the entire region is firing like Asia, tourism numbers in the entire region will remain small. Your largest pockets are always your neighbours, so while Cape Town might have allure and some people will travel from far corners the tourism numbers will remain relatively small. As many awards CT may win, its tourist arrivals are tiny in the global context. It is currently a far flung destination.

Our focus needs to be on improving connectivity and price of travel in all of subsaharan African. This is where all of our core source markets will come from, not from far flung parts of the world.

80% of a cities tourists generally come from within 4hrs travel time. For SA cities (and other African cities) to dream of the tourist numbers of Asia, we need Africans to travel frequently within Africa. The constant focus to the developed world will only deliver a small % of your tourists.
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What? Landscaping and city planning plays a huge role in beautification and development of the city. You can't be serious rejecting Thi notion. Lol

Anyways, East Asians( Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and other South East Asians) makeup the majority of visitors in Bangkok, Jakarta,KL , HCM C, Hanoi Eyc... Just like how whites make a large majority of international Tourists to CT.

In N.Africa, simply Europeans.

Believe me or not, SSA Urban tourism (international tourists) will com be SSAfricans from other SSAn countries.


Westerners, Orientals etc....are only. Interested in Safaris. Because its the best we offer.
Hit the nail on the head.

Ive identified a handful of citied which have some potential but potential is nothing until its realised. Algiers has the potential to be a major urban tourist destination but its not.

Potential, could be, should be, would be, ifs....very easy to say
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