Tourism spending in CTown grows

Spending on tourism in Cape Town has grown by 5.6 percent a year between 2009 and 2012, the City of Cape Town said.

“We know that an increase in tourist numbers equates to an increase in jobs,” tourism mayoral committee member Grant Pascoe said.

He said this would help the city build an “opportunity city” for residents.

Research done by Grant Thornton showed that the city’s tourism industry generated R14.6 billion in 2012, up from R12.4bn in 2009, Pascoe said.

In 2010, the tourism industry’s contribution to the local economy was R16bn as a result of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

“The results prove that tourists are not only coming to the city to experience the natural beauty, but also to spend, providing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” Pascoe said.

The research found that Cape Town’s tourism industry had created the most jobs in the unskilled and semi-skilled categories.

Around 19,000 permanent and 12,000 temporary workers were employed in the unskilled and semi-skilled categories, according to the report.

He said in total the city’s tourism industry employed around 34,500 permanent and about 15,000 temporary employees.