Rise in Tourism Pleases the City's Hospitality Industry

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BYLINE: LEA HELLMUELLER

CAPE Town's hotels are filling up fast and are busier this month than at this time last year, while guest car rental companies and guest houses are struggling to cope with demand, Cape Town Tourism says.

CEO Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold said that with about three million visitors expected in the city this festive season, 60% of guest houses and hotels in the city have reported they are already busier than in December last year.

Cape Town attracted predominantly domestic travellers between December 15 and January 15 each year and up to 80% of those visitors spent time specifically in the city, she said.

"Many international visitors choose to spend Christmas and New Year at home, but still Cape Town's capacity is close to maximum during this season with hotels, guest houses and car rental companies struggling to find availability," Du Toit-Helmbold said.

International tourists generally visit four times more, and are more likely to stay longer than domestic visitors, according to Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) acting chief executive Calvyn Gilfellan.

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