Cape Town tourism exceeds expectations
Tourism is a big deal for Cape Town – according to Business Insider South Africa, it “contributes to 1.5 million jobs in South Africa, and contributed 8.6% of all economic activity, or R425.8 billion.” So, any increase in visitors spells good news for the city.
And happily, there’s plenty of good news on the horizon with the City of Cape Town expecting 30% more UK tourists to visit the Mother City between December 2019 and March 2020 than during the same period a year ago*. What’s more, the City is anticipating a 20% increase in German tourists as well as an 11% rise in American tourists – no doubt helped by the new United Airlines service between New York City and Cape Town.
*All of these projections are based on flight reservations to Cape Town for the period in question.
The positive increase in tourist traffic is excellent news for investors looking to put money into property in the CBD, and makes a buy-to-rent apartment in a development like Harbour Arch a singular investment opportunity. The first large-scale, inner-city, mixed-use precinct in the Cape Town CBD, Harbour Arch is within easy reach of some of the Mother City’s most popular tourist destinations, including the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, the Atlantic Seaboard beaches, and a few hidden treasures, too.
The Secret Tunnels
Located beneath the city’s streets, this network of tunnels date back as far as 1652, when they were used to supply the Company Gardens and passing ships with fresh water. If you’re up for an adventure of historic proportions, grab your gumboots and a good torch and discover a fascinating chapter of our city’s history. Find out more at goodhopeadventures.com
Woodstock Street Art Tour
If art is your thing, you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to walk the streets of Woodstock with Juma Art Tours founder, Juma Mkwela, as he shares his passion for the neighbourhood’s arresting street art. Tours start at the Woodstock Exchange and cost between R150 and R350 per person, depending on the length of the tour you choose. Find out more at jumaarttours.co.za.
Centre for the Book
This exquisite example of Edwardian architecture, located at 62 Queen Victoria Street, was originally built to house the University of the Cape of Good Hope (later UNISA). In 1932, it became the new home of the Cape Archives Depot and in 1990, the building was handed over to the National Library of South Africa, which uses it as an outreach unit “dedicated to providing book publishing information and advice as well as advocating for, and promoting the culture of, reading, writing and publishing in South Africa.” For more information call 021 423 2669.
Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour
Love cooking? Then treat yourself to culinary tourism at its best with Zainie Misbach’s Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour Experience, “a fully immersive social and cultural experience combining a walking tour, hands-on cooking workshop and 2-course lunch.” Find out more at bokaapcookingtour.co.za.
Keen to find out more about Harbour Arch?
This exciting precinct, consisting of six beautifully designed towers, encapsulates the principles of new urban living, and presents an opportunity for people to live, work, play, relax, and stay in a safe, convenient and community-focused environment. To find out more, contact us today on 087 809 0000 or click here to get in touch with a sales consultant.