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V&A Waterfront to develop cruise terminal

Transnet National Ports Authority has awarded the V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd the status of Preferred Bidder for the development of a cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town.

Once all negotiations are concluded, the V&A Waterfront will invest just under R179 million to finance, design, and develop the terminal. In addition, the agreement includes operation, maintenance and transfer of ownership of the facility back to TNPA after a period of 20 years.

The facility will remain at E berth, Duncan Dock, in the Port of Cape Town. Once completed, it will be able to accommodate the port’s current and future passenger vessel fleet. It is also envisaged that the upgraded facility will house value-added retail and hospitality services.

“The upgraded Cape Town cruise terminal facility to be developed by V&A Waterfront will be a gateway to a unique African experience in cruise tourism,” said TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu. “Transnet is excited about playing a role in entrenching Cape Town as a leading destination in Africa and the world. The city will benefit from a world-class facility that will attract greater international cruise liner calls, create jobs and strengthen the tourism offering of not only the Mother City, but South Africa as a whole,” he said.

V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, said: “We recognise that cruise liner tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism. Our area of responsibility is that of contributing positively to Cape Town, the Western Cape and South Africa. This award is an opportunity to positively contribute to the economy and job creation and to provide a positive experience for all visitors.

“The cruise terminal gives us the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our fair city and is important due to the first impression it will create of Cape Town,’’ said Green.

He said there was great scope to improve the passenger experience upon disembarkation, and also the opportunity to work jointly with South African Tourism and cruise companies to grow tourism business.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, welcomed the news. “The V&A Waterfront is already a tourism landmark and can serve as the gateway to the rest of region.”

Source: tourismupdate






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