In 2012, 6,050 passengers arrived on cruise ships bound for the mother city and in the 2018/19 season that number reached 52,580.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that SA is moving to Adjusted Alert Level 1 means that cruise tourism in the country may resume.
The first cruise ship is expected to dock at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal in the V&A Waterfront on November 18 and 36 more ships are expected between November 2021 and May 2022, according to a statement from Wesgro, the official tourism, trade promotion agency. and investments. agency for the Western Cape.
Labeeqah Schuurman, spokesperson for the Cruise Cape Town initiative, said there was a desire to resume cruises. International cruises already operate around the world under very strict health protocols.
“It has been a long wait, and we are delighted to be able to start the cruise season this year. We are delighted and ready to welcome international guests and crews back to Cape Town and pick up where we left off in the growth in this sector of our tourism, ”said David Green, CEO of V&A Waterfront.
According to Alderman James Vos, a member of the Cape Town Mayor’s Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, in the last years before the pandemic, the city’s cruise industry saw significant growth in ‘year after year. In 2012, 6,050 passengers arrived on cruise ships bound for the mother city and in the 2018/19 season that number reached 52,580.
Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier adds that reopening cruise tourism is one of many hurdles that urgently need to be removed to ensure a successful summer season and provide much-needed relief to the tourism and hotel industry.