Cape Town is once again becoming a popular destination for UK travellers. The Mother City has seen an increase in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom this year.
Cape Town has always been a preferred tourist destination for European visitors. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, tourist arrivals to the Mother City were lower.
Despite the challenges, tourism to Cape Town is on the rise once again. The southernmost city in South Africa is attracting a growing number of international visitors, particularly from the United Kingdom.
According to The Citizen, the UK is the top source market for tourists, with the US coming in a close second, followed by Germany, Netherlands, and France, making up Cape Town’s top 5 tourism source markets.
The UK was the top tourism source market for Cape Town between January and September of this year. This was revealed by Mireille Wenger, MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape.
Wenger presented the monthly tourism report, compiled by the Western Cape Government’s trade, investment, and tourism promotion agency, Wesgro.
She also reported that international two-way passengers passing through Cape Town International Airport between January and September 2023 had increased by 60% compared to the same period last year.
Travellers from the United Kingdom enjoy Cape Town for a variety of reasons, including its easy access from the UK. Direct flights between the UK and Cape Town make the trip quite convenient.
The fact that the UK and South Africa are located in a similar time zone makes trips to Cape Town less disruptive, as there is no major jetlag to contend with.
The favorable exchange rate between British Pounds and South Africa’s currency makes Cape Town affordable for UK visitors, providing good value for money. Additionally, UK travellers appreciate the picturesque beauty of the Cape and its tourist attractions.
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