Confirmed cruise visits signals tourism economic  recovery in Western Cape

Confirmed cruise visits signals tourism economic recovery in Western Cape

The 104 confirmed ship visits signals the start of a bumper cruise season which is expected to inject millions into the Western Cape economy and with Cruise Cape Town operated out of Wesgro, a strong economic recovery performance for the 2022/23 Season is projected, kicking off later in October 2022.

Cruise Cape Town is the gateway to cruise development in the Western Cape.  The 2021/22 cruise season was set to be the restart season for the South African cruise industry, but was constrained due to travel bans

This year,  the Cruise Cape Town is gearing up for one of its biggest seasons to date, with millions expected to be injected into the Western Cape economy with ships 108 to 295 meters in length, carrying between 100 and 2 500 passengers booked for the upcoming season into the Port of Cape Town.

After successful lobbying to restart the cruise season, the South African cruise industry was opened on 1 October 2021, with 32 confirmed ship visits for Cape Town for the 2021/22 season. However, due to global COVID-19 travel restrictions in November, the season received cancellations from world cruises, leaving it with 16 ship visits made up of 12 cruise ships.

After two years of rolling pauses, Cruise Cape Town is delighted that a total of 104 ship visits, made up of 26 cruise ships carrying more than 195 000 visitors, will be expected to dock at the Port of Cape Town Cruise Terminal over the upcoming 2022/23 season, which kicks off in October. With almost R100 million in total estimated passenger spend per port visit – an estimated R20 million for international passengers and R45 million for domestic passengers – Cruise Cape Town is also expecting a number of jobs to be created in both downstream and upstream industries.

Wesgro CEO and official spokesperson for the Cruise Cape Town Initiative, Wrenelle Stander, said that it was an exciting time for the tourism sector in the province, as a number of recent indicators show pent-up travel demand finally being unleashed in a surge of bookings.

“Cruise ships are a crucial part of the Western Cape tourism sector, injecting millions into the economy each year, and boosting investment into Cape Town and the Western Cape. Importantly, the health and safety of all our visitors remains our utmost priority, and we’ll continue to work closely with our key partners and health authorities to evaluate, update and adhere to prevailing COVID-19 measures,” he said.

The CEO pointed out the importance of the Cape Town cruise stopover to the tourism sector and marketing of the destination cannot be underestimated.

“We have successfully integrated the Cruise Terminal into our service amenities such hotels, attractions, and retail offerings and we are eagerly looking forward to showcasing the best the waterfront has to offer”, added David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.”