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Western Cape on 27% recovery in international trips for December 2021

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                                I am pleased that international passenger arrivals rebound in January 2022 and are already showing signs of a rebound in January 2022 compared to December 2021.
                            
                            
                                                
                            
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                            The Western Cape Government is concerned about the decline in the number of international passengers checked in at Cape Town International Airport since December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began. 



While domestic tourism increased markedly between 2020 and 2021, providing a welcome relief to the tourism and hospitality sector in the Western Cape, it also remains below 2019 levels. 

On a positive note, the team at Cape Town Air Access, located in Wesgro, is expecting a better summer season with better passenger loads from January through Easter. 

The report published by Cape Town Air Access showed that: 

In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, international round trips totaled almost 2.6 million.  In 2020, this figure dropped to 810,811 and in 2021 it dropped further to 525,411. Between November 2021 and December 2021, we saw a decrease from 96,323 to 76,522 international trips due to detection of the Omicron variant and cancellation of flights and reservations.  The international passenger recovery in December 2021 was 27% of the 2019 figures. This was lower than the 38% reported in November 2021. If we compare the occupancy from December 2019 to November 2021, we see a decrease of 70, 2% to 54.1%.  In November 2019, occupancy was 76.7%.


Prime Minister Winde said: “It is upsetting that we are going through another summer season with so many missed opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sector and the jobs it creates.  While we expect some growth this year, these statistics demonstrate the urgency required by the government to focus on the second unemployment pandemic and ensure we bring tourism jobs back to the Western Cape.”

The Cape Town Air Access report further showed that: 

In 2019, before the restrictions, domestic round trips totaled more than 8.4 million.  In 2020, this number dropped to 3.2 million and in 2021 it stood at just 4.2 million, half of the pre-COVID-19 total.  On the positive side, the recovery in domestic passenger arrivals grew to 65% from 467,159 in October 2021 and again to 457,599 or 66% in November 2021, and 520,508 in December 2020, a recovery of 76%.


Speaking about the impact on the tourism and hospitality sector, Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity David Maynier said: “The most recent international travel restrictions had a devastating effect on our peak season for international tourism in the Western Cape. Cape.  I am pleased that international passenger arrivals are rebounding in January 2022 and already showing signs of an uptick in January 2022 compared to December 2021. I also want to thank my fellow South Africans for traveling to our province this festive season.  This helped many of our tourism and hospitality businesses, which have had a difficult two years.”

“Tourism is a key driver of job creation and economic growth in the Western Cape, and we will continue to do all we can to support the economic recovery by addressing barriers to growth, increasing connectivity with the region and executing our award-winning tourism marketing. destination.  campaigns that showcase the best that Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer,” said Minister Maynier.

Prime Minister Winde concluded: “If we want to move forward, we must prioritize job creation this year with the same energy and passion that we showed in our fight against COVID-19.  The Western Cape Government is committed to doing so.
Western Cape on 27% recovery in international trips for December 2021

I am pleased that international passenger arrivals rebound in January 2022 and are already showing signs of a rebound in January 2022 compared to December 2021.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ —

The Western Cape Government is concerned about the decline in the number of international passengers checked in at Cape Town International Airport since December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

While domestic tourism increased markedly between 2020 and 2021, providing a welcome relief to the tourism and hospitality sector in the Western Cape, it also remains below 2019 levels.

On a positive note, the team at Cape Town Air Access, located in Wesgro, is expecting a better summer season with better passenger loads from January through Easter.

The report published by Cape Town Air Access showed that:

In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, international round trips totaled almost 2.6 million. In 2020, this figure dropped to 810,811 and in 2021 it dropped further to 525,411. Between November 2021 and December 2021, we saw a decrease from 96,323 to 76,522 international trips due to detection of the Omicron variant and cancellation of flights and reservations. The international passenger recovery in December 2021 was 27% of the 2019 figures. This was lower than the 38% reported in November 2021. If we compare the occupancy from December 2019 to November 2021, we see a decrease of 70, 2% to 54.1%. In November 2019, occupancy was 76.7%.

Prime Minister Winde said: “It is upsetting that we are going through another summer season with so many missed opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sector and the jobs it creates. While we expect some growth this year, these statistics demonstrate the urgency required by the government to focus on the second unemployment pandemic and ensure we bring tourism jobs back to the Western Cape.”

The Cape Town Air Access report further showed that:

In 2019, before the restrictions, domestic round trips totaled more than 8.4 million. In 2020, this number dropped to 3.2 million and in 2021 it stood at just 4.2 million, half of the pre-COVID-19 total. On the positive side, the recovery in domestic passenger arrivals grew to 65% from 467,159 in October 2021 and again to 457,599 or 66% in November 2021, and 520,508 in December 2020, a recovery of 76%.

Speaking about the impact on the tourism and hospitality sector, Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity David Maynier said: “The most recent international travel restrictions had a devastating effect on our peak season for international tourism in the Western Cape. Cape. I am pleased that international passenger arrivals are rebounding in January 2022 and already showing signs of an uptick in January 2022 compared to December 2021. I also want to thank my fellow South Africans for traveling to our province this festive season. This helped many of our tourism and hospitality businesses, which have had a difficult two years.”

“Tourism is a key driver of job creation and economic growth in the Western Cape, and we will continue to do all we can to support the economic recovery by addressing barriers to growth, increasing connectivity with the region and executing our award-winning tourism marketing. destination. campaigns that showcase the best that Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer,” said Minister Maynier.

Prime Minister Winde concluded: “If we want to move forward, we must prioritize job creation this year with the same energy and passion that we showed in our fight against COVID-19. The Western Cape Government is committed to doing so.”

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