Even with the drought situation in the Western Cape, Cape Town tourism is still open for business.
This is the message by The Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency (Wesgro) to tourists wanting to visit the country.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris says the message is that anyone who wishes to come to Cape Town must be mindful of the new challenge.
What we can't afford to do at this moment is to see this industry in decline. We have experienced extraordinary growth over the last few years, we have turned Cape Town into the leading tourist destination in Africa...— Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro
Tourists are coming here and spending their money but do it in a way that is mindful of our water resources and start saving like the locals are saving.— Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro
CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona says issues of drought are not unique to South Africa but happening in other countries as well.
He says water consumption is something that we all have to be very aware of.
When tourists start cancelling trips to South Africa, it is not only the Western Cape that suffers but the entire country suffers, says Ntshona.
He says the message needs to change especially in the international media like CNN and BBC so that they know that Cape Town is still open for business.
We have worked hard to put ourselves on a global tourism map and we cant afford to lose it because regaining it is going to cost 10 times more.— Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South African Tourism
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