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Table Mountain, Robben Island boast record figures for Dec. holidays

Tuesday 5 January 2016 20:09

Carmel Loggenberg

Cape Town Tourism is optimistic that The Table Mountain Cableway and Robben Island have experienced their best season in years.(SABC)

Two of Cape Town's most popular tourism destinations are boasting record figures during the December festive season.

The Table Mountain Cableway and Robben Island are experiencing higher than normal visitor numbers, this despite the weak rand.

While official statistics are yet to be released by Cape Town Tourism, both holiday hotspots are confident it's been their best season in years.

Robben Island Management says figures have almost doubled compared to last year.

Senior Manager for Marketing and Tourism, Nomonde Ndlangisa, says visitor numbers have increased.

“Robben Island visitor numbers have increased by 43%. It's the highest number we had and we compare December to December. Last year, we had 31 000 visitors and we now have 47 000, which is higher than in 2010.”

International visitors say they are enjoying all there is to offer, most of all the weak rand.

“It's better than what we expected before we came. I would say things are half the price of the UK in terms of eating out,” says one visitor.

Cape Town Tourism believes the weakened rand means more locals would not have travelled abroad.

Many of the popular tourist destinations have also cited the great weather for the reason behind the boost in numbers.

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