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Western Cape Business 2018 edition

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The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.


SPECIAL FEATURE Record tourist numbers and glittering new attractions Cape Town International Airport hosted 10-million arrivals and the Zeitz Museum promises to attract even more visitors. A remarkable growth in the number of aeroplane seats available on direct flights to Cape Town has contributed to record 10-million arrivals passing through the gates of Cape Town International Airport in 2016, a trend that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. A programme called Cape Town Air Access has been focussed on delivering new routes to the Cape, and on expanding existing routes. Direct flights to Cape Town obviously benefit Cape Town and its immediate surrounds, but also have an impact on the province as a whole. More visitors can now more quickly start their journey up the Garden Route, for example, rather than having to fly via Johannesburg. The next big thing is to secure a direct flight from New York. Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and now South African Tourism, and is the focal point for international air route development in the Western Cape. The announcement in July 2017 of a new Austrian Airway’s direct route to Cape Town was the partnership’s 10th such deal in less than two years. The Boeing 777 flights will start in October 2018. The top international destinations from which travellers fly into Cape Town International Airport are the United Kingdom, Germany and the US but a number of new African routes have been added or expanded. They include: • a new direct flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (Kenya Airways) • expansion of the existing service to Luanda, Angola to a daily flight (TAAG Angola Airlines) • the Addis Ababa to Cape Town route increased to 10 flights per week (Ethiopian Airlines). WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018 36

SPECIAL FEATURE PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Air Access success 2014-2016: • 10 new routes • 11 route expansions • 700 000 new inbound seats • CTIA close to two-million international passengers in 2016 • CTIA expects total of 2.5-million in 2017 • first half of 2017 international traffic at CTIA grew 27% compared to same period in 2016. (Wesgro). In 2016, tourism to the Western Cape supported 319 227 jobs and contributed R38.8-billion to the regional economy. The 2017 Domestic Tourism Survey (StatsSA) gave these statistics related to the Western Cape: • More than 1.1-million overnight leisure trips • 166 000 overnight business trips • 4.1-million paid bed nights • 241 000 tourists stayed in hotels • 161 000 tourists stayed in guesthouses/guest farms • 157 000 tourists stayed in B&Bs • 336 000 tourists stayed in self-catering establishments. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, on the impact of Air Access We saw a 16% growth in international passenger traffic in 2016, breaking the 10-million passenger mark and establishing us as the third-biggest airport on the continent. In the first half of 2017, international passenger traffic grew by 27%, and since the inception of Air Access in 2015, we have added 10 new routes, 11 route expansions and a total of 700 000 new inbound seats to Cape Town International Airport. As a result of this expansion, the airport has a multi-billion-rand expansion project that includes a realigned runway, a new domestic terminal, a new international terminal and a luggage transit facility, which is exciting in terms of our emergence as a regional aviation hub. More and more people are seeing Cape Town as the place to launch a trip across Southern Africa. The Air Access project has been hugely successful as a result of the collaboration between the different spheres of government and the private sector, including the City of Cape Town, the Provincial Government and the National Government represented by ACSA, with South African Tourism joining us in August 2017. Business has also contributed with support from Investec, Naspers, Leeu Collection and Steinhoff. Day trips and overnight trips were for holidays (most stated reason) and visiting family and friends (number two reason) and it was found that domestic tourism was strong. With the long-term drought showing no signs of abating in late 2017, several measures are being taken by the hospitality industry to ensure that tourism is not affected, and that tourists “act like locals” when it comes to saving water. George Airport had a total of about 720 000 passengers in 2016. Airlink, SA Express and Kulula are the airlines that fly into George. It serves as a tourism hub for the Southern Cape region, including destinations such From left to right: Tim Harris, Otto Stehlik, Jo-Anne Strauss, Dr André Schulz and Minister Alan Winde. 37 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

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