New hotels boost tourism in Cape Town

Cape Town’s new R700 million City Bowl, owned by Tsogo Sun, has reinforced the city’s reputation as a world-class holiday destination, said group chief executive Jacques Booysen this week.

The 19-storey hotel’s grand opening was held on Thursday. Booysen said the City Bowl reflected the group’s continued commitment to the city, and brought the total number of rooms operated by the company in the city centre to more than 2 000.

Booysen also said Cape Town had become a globally-competitive business and leisure destination and tourism to the city was expanding. “Just last year, according to Cape Town Tourism, over half a million visitors arrived in Cape Town by air, representing an 8 percent year-on-year increase. Of these visitors, close to 84 500 were international visitors, which was a strong 29 percent increase over the previous year.

“The numbers say it all, as we were convinced that the City Bowl would be an excellent location for a major investment, particularly as this is the first large-scale new build in the Cape Town city centre for some years,” he said.

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Source: Independent Online