With Table Mountain, Robben Island, a variety of tempting wine routes, and intriguing coastal towns, Cape Town has a lot to offer the hordes of tourists who visit the Mother City every year. During the summer months the beaches are littered with people from all over South Africa, the continent, and the world. And it’s about to get even more attractive to foreign visitors.
The V&A Waterfront was recently awarded the bid to develop a cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town by Transnet National Ports Authority. The cruise terminal is a huge investment on the part of the V&A Waterfront. According to Cape Business News, “Once all negotiations are concluded, the V&A Waterfront will invest just under R179m to finance, design, and develop the terminal. In addition, the agreement includes operation, maintenance and transfer of ownership of the facility back to TNPA after a period of 20 years.
The V&A Waterfront is a tourist favourite, with its variety of restaurants, a luxury shopping mall (featuring both international and local brands), cultural events and activities. Of course, the harbour is at the centre of the popular tourist attraction. The cruise terminal will provide even more customers to the businesses in and around the waterfront.
According to allafrica.com, V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, had this to say: “We recognise that cruise liner tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism. Our area of responsibility is that of contributing positively to Cape Town, the Western Cape and South Africa. This award is an opportunity to positively contribute to the economy, job creation and providing a positive experience for all visitors.’’
Tourism in the Mother City contributes strongly to the local economy, providing both jobs and customers. The arrival of the cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town will increase hotel reservations, restaurant visits, and mall shoppers. It also greatly benefits all the other tourist destinations in the Western Cape – from the vast vineyards to the stunning beaches.
With the expected boom in the cruise industry, jobs will be opening up for everything from onboard entertainment to kitchen staff. Local job seekers will soon be looking up sailing courses in Cape Town and nearby chef schools.