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Western Cape Business 2017 edition

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The 2017 edition of Western Cape Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the Western Cape province. The Western Cape has numerous promising investment and business opportunities and this issue includes contributions from Alan Winde (Minister of Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape Government), interviews with Ryan Ravens (CEO of Accelerate Cape Town), Arifa Parkar (Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum CEO), Wesgro CEO Tim Harris and Lance Greyling (Invest Cape Town) as well as contributions from various business leaders. In addition, you will also find comprehensive features on all the key sectors in the Western Cape.

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OVERVIEW Tourism New flights are bringing greater numbers of tourists to the Western Cape. The Western Cape attracts huge numbers of tourists every year and this is a sector where positive growth has already created many job opportunities. Every kind of tourism is doing well, from leisure and adventure tourism to meetings and conferences. Tourism grew at 6.6% for the five years to 2014 and generated jobs growth in the same time period of 7.7%. The sector employs 204 000 people in formal jobs and is worth about R17-billion to the regional economy. A project to increase the number of seats available on aeroplanes flying into Cape Town International Airport has reaped remarkable success. Between July 2015 and December 2016 the Cape Town Air Access programme secured an increase in 408 400 direct two-way seats to Cape Town from destinations such as Dubai (140 000), Turkey (110 000), Ethiopia (80 000) and the Netherlands (30 000). A total of 162 000 tourists travelled to the Western Cape from the USA; arrivals at the Cape Town International Airport increased 16% year-on-year in 2015. The airport regularly wins accolades such as Best Airport in Africa and the total number of passengers passing through the airport has been above eight-million every year since the FIFA football World Cup in 2010, with the figure approaching 10-million in 2015/16. SECTOR INSIGHT The Cape Town International Convention Centre will be twice as large in 2017. • Scheduled flights are available to Plettenberg Bay. • Hilton Hotels and Resorts runs a resort in Knysna. • Cape Town’s Foreshore is alive with new tourism developments. George Airport had a total of about 720 000 passengers last year. Airlink, SA Express and kulula are the airlines that fly into George. It serves as a tourism hub for the Southern Cape region, includ- WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017 108

OVERVIEW ing destinations such as Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay. CemAir offers scheduled flights to Plettenberg Bay. Several strategies are being adopted to further improve the province’s tourist offering and increase numbers. These include a service excellence programme where a town’s residents are encouraged to act as tourism ambassadors. A pilot project was successfully launched in Clanwilliam, where everyone in the town, including shop clerks and petrol station attendants, joined in. Work is being done on improving the system of visa approvals and on linking various sites associated with the late President Nelson Mandela. Halaal tourism also holds tremendous potential. One of the reasons that tourists visit the Western Cape is the quality of its beaches. The province has 29 Blue Flag-accredited beaches, an international quality standard that covers 33 different measures. Ten beaches in greater Cape Town together with the likes of Santos (Mossel Bay), Grotto (Hermanus), Witsand (Hessequa) and Wilderness (Eden) have made the grade. A further five marinas have qualified for the programme, the local version of which is run by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa. Hotels and conferences The capacity of the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) is being doubled. The R832-million expansion will add 31 000m², including 10 000m² of conference and exhibition space. CTICC East (the new section) will connect to CTICC West via a tunnel (for services) and a skybridge over the Heerengraght. The new section is expected to open in 2017, and will line up along other new Foreshore buildings such as KPMG Place and the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. The South African Green Building Council has given the CTICC expansion a Four-Star Green Building rating. The Foreshore is at the heart of a series of new developments that are set to have a major impact on the tourism industry. These include the new Cruise Terminal and the adjacent Yacht Club, a hotel, residential and commercial complex being developed by the Amdec Group. This precinct is very close to the entrance to the CTICC and will be linked to the Waterfront by the extension of the existing canal. On the other (eastern) edge of the Foreshore, an a major development is in the works which will include two Marriott hotels. In the Cape Town CBD there are going to be 500 new rooms, courtesy of two Tsogo Sun hotels, plus a smaller hotel in the De Waterkant (Capital Mirage). Tsogo Sun already operates several hotels in greater Cape Town, including three full-service hotels in the city centre, the Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront and Southern Sun Cape Sun. The other seven hotels cover five brands in the Tsogo Sun stable. Elsewhere in the Western Cape, Tsogo Sun has hotels in Caledon, Beaufort West, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay. 109 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017

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