CTIA Tourism Recovery Rate Hits Five-Month High: South Africa

The sustained recovery of tourism in international arrivals seen in recent months, compared to pre-pandemic levels, has continued with recovery rates at the international terminal of Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) reaching the highest level in the last five months.

Domestic roundtrip passengers on CTIA increased from 407,626 in June 2022 to 456,785 in July. Total domestic round-trip passengers in 2021 reached 4.2 million. Encouragingly, total domestic round-trip passengers between January and July this year already stand at 3.4 million, which bodes well for the rest of the year.

The findings are included in Wesgro’s July 2022 report, which is a monthly publication that provides valuable insights into tourist arrivals and trends in the Western Cape.

Provincial Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger says: “I am pleased with the continued recovery we are seeing in the tourism and hospitality sector, across many indicators including air travel, key source markets, hotel occupancy and visitors to our many diverse attractions.”

Wenger continues: “I am also delighted that passengers through George Airport have essentially fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels, reaching a 99% recovery rate. I met with George Airport management this week and I heard that between January and March of this year, an impressive 190,000 passengers passed through the airport who have exceeded their capacity and expect to implement expansion plans in the coming years.”

Key Findings Included in Wesgro’s July 2022 Report

• July 2022 performance indicated that passengers through CTIA’s international terminal achieved a recovery rate of 87% compared to the same month in 2019. This is the highest recovery rate in the last five months.

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• The domestic recovery in July, however, was 68% after holding to a 70-80% recovery since the beginning of the year.

• Passengers through George Airport recovered by 99% compared to the same month in 2019.

• Year-to-date (as of May 2022), the UK ranked as the top source market for Cape Town (air), followed by Germany, the US, the Netherlands and France.

• Europe has regained its position as the leading Western Cape region for tourist arrivals, with 6 of Cape Town’s top 10 source markets coming from the region.

• Eight of the top 10 source markets to Cape Town (by air) have already recovered to more than half the number of tourist arrivals recorded during the same period in 2019.

• Western Cape hotel occupancy stood at 44.3% in July 2022, representing a recovery rate of 84% compared to 2019.

• Average Daily Rate (ADR) for the Western Cape grew to R1,432.76 and RevPAR (Revenue Per Room Average) reached R634.13.

• ADR exceeded June 2019 levels, recovering to 111% and RevPAR reaching a 93% recovery.

• Footfall at the 25 participating attractions recorded a total of 338,695 visitors in July 2022, a 124% year-over-year growth in visitor numbers and an 83% recovery rate compared to July 2019.

• The five highest year-over-year growth rates in July 2022 were recorded for Robben Island (4,914%), Cango Caves (3,866%), Table Mountain National Park: Boulders (285%), Viljoensdrift River Cruise (259%) and Gondola aerial of Table Mountain (227%).

• 14 of the 25 attractions exceeded the number of visitors from July 2019. Remarkable recovery rates of over 200% were achieved in the Table Mountain Cable Car (259%), Kogelberg Nature Reserve (238%) and the Park Knysna National (200%).

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Adds Wenger: “A key focus of our tourism strategy will be for the Western Cape to match increased recovery rates for international visitors with increased recovery rates for domestic tourism, which is critical to growth and sustainability of the sector. That’s why this tourism month, our message to South Africans is to explore the remarkable beauty that our province has to offer.”

Minister Wenger concludes: “The tourism and hospitality sector contributes significantly to our economy. In fact, in 2019, the gross value added of this sector was R15.5 billion and generated 174,982 direct jobs, which it doesn’t even take into account the indirect jobs created across the tourism value chain. We have everything we need to not only return to pre-pandemic levels, but far exceed them, boosting our economy and creating many more. jobs for residents of the Western Cape”.

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