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Business as Usual for Cape Town Tourism

Although the recent fires in Cape Town have caused access restrictions to some touristic areas, the temporary closure of certain attractions, and alterations to the Cape Town Cycle tour route; early indications are that it won’t have any major impact on tourism numbers.

The Impact on Tourism Businesses
Cape Town Tourism has received feedback from tour operators in the affected areas, including Chapman’s Peak, who have all indicated that they have not seen a spike in cancellations and have seen a slight or no decrease in new bookings received. They have also indicated that their customers have been very understanding about the alterations made to their tour itineraries.

Some hotels and attractions closer to the fire have however been affected by the blaze, including Tintswalo Atlantic which burnt down and will only be opening again in December 2015. Other attractions that were affected include Groot Constantia and Cape Point, who had to close their gates for the day on Wednesday 4 March 2015. The City Sightseeing bus had to avoid the Constantia wine route on Wednesday.

The shortened Cape Town Cycle Tour Route
The drastic shortening of the Cape Town Cycle Tour for 2015 because of the fires has caused some personal disappointment amongst visitors and residents, but most people are very understanding.

Tourism has always been a beneficiary of the annual cycle race due to the influx of visitors the internationally recognised race brings. Despite the last-minute announcement, it seems this year will be no different with approximately 35,000 participants confirmed this year – 17,200 of which come from outside the Western Cape, with 3,500 of those from the rest of African and abroad.

Economic Impact
Says Cllr Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development; “The City of Cape Town cannot speculate on the financial impact at this stage as firefighters from the City and other agencies continue to monitor hotspots for flare-ups in the South Peninsula.  Although the number of crews has been scaled down, costs will be incurred until all agencies are able to stand-down, only when the fires have been totally doused and there are no further threats of flare-ups.”






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