W Cape tourism is booming. Could get turbo boost from F1 Grand Prix in 2016

The Western Cape’s MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, has released spectacular visitor numbers for the Western Cape for the past 2014/2015 summer season.

Tourism is the largest growth engine in the Western Cape in terms of income and its ability to create jobs.

According to Winde, tourism is set to have created 324 000 formal jobs by 2019 in the province. Currently, 204 000 people are employed in tourism in the Western Cape.

Winde laments the difficulty for people from BRIC nations to visit the Western Cape due to visa regulations, which have generated much discussion in the past year.

F1 Grand Prix coming to Cape Town?

Last month Bernie Ecclestone confirmed he was “in the middle of trying to do something in South Africa” and that we could see the return of Formula One as early as 2016.

“I would welcome a Grand Prix,” says Winde. “However, I’m not interested in taking R100-million of taxpayers’ money to make it happen. We must find an economic model to realise this opportunity. Hopefully we can get this onto the calendar.”

Winde says he’d prefer the event during Cape Town’s low season.

Listen to the audio for more detail:

Additional info

  • Visitor numbers to Cape Town International Airport increased by 3.2 percent compared to 2013-2014. Arrivals to the airport are up by 8.2 percent year-on-year.

  • Restaurants in the Overstrand reported 80 percent occupancy.

  • The number of visitors to the Agulhas National Park increased by 130 percent while De Hoop recorded a 30 percent increase year-on-year.

  • The Table Mountain National Park recorded a 14.8 percent increase in visitor numbers from 2013.

“We’ve seen great growth in Cape Town, but what’s also really nice to see is how much tourism in areas further afield is growing,” said Winde.

Also listen to CapeTalk presenter John Matham discuss the Western Cape’s tourism boom with Winde:


This article first appeared on 702 : W Cape tourism is booming. Could get turbo boost from F1 Grand Prix in 2016


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
How to overcome the fear of failure (and other tips from a serial entrepreneur)

How to overcome the fear of failure (and other tips from a serial entrepreneur)

Nic Haralambous knows a thing or three about starting a small business with almost no money. He offers this advice…

Meet Keith Kirsten, guru of gardening and world-renowned horticulturist

Meet Keith Kirsten, guru of gardening and world-renowned horticulturist

Bruce Whitfield interviews Kirsten about his 30-year-long career and his new franchise concept, Keith Kirsten Garden Centre.

Auschwitz concentration camp liberated on this day (27 January) in 1945

Auschwitz concentration camp liberated on this day (27 January) in 1945

The Red Army liberated Auschwitz - Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp – on this day, 72 years ago.

South African GDP increased by 4.1 percent in Q4/2014 – Stats SA

South African GDP increased by 4.1 percent in Q4/2014 – Stats SA

The South African economy grew faster than expected in the last quarter of 2014, according to Stats SA.

Inflation falls to 3-year low

Inflation falls to 3-year low

South Africa’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) slowed to 4.4 percent in January from 5.3 percent in December, says Statistics SA.

South Africa’s economy to grow (at least) 4% by yearend, says FMF economist

South Africa’s economy to grow (at least) 4% by yearend, says FMF economist

Our economy is about to lift off and will be booming by yearend, says the Free Market Foundation's (FMF) Loane Sharpe.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Thomas says that Listeriosis is problematic because it isn’t notifiable.

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

This year we're going to hit a million downloads of free textbooks in SA - James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Your money, and Steinhoff… Bruce Whitfield interviews Certified Financial Planner Peter Calitz.

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sygnia Group CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the government plays a crucial role in the provision of affordable housing in the province.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.