It’s full steam ahead for the construction of a brand new R179m terminal for the exclusive use of cruise liners at the V&A Waterfront. The project should be underway as early as September 2015 and completed by December 2017, adding yet another luxury option to this hub of tourist activity in Cape Town.
The V&A Waterfront will foot the bill to finance, design and construct this multi-million rand asset, which will serve to accommodate future and current passenger vessels. Retail and hospitality services are a part of the plans too, which could mean considerable employment opportunities and economic development for the city.
Economic impact forecasts conducted with regard to this and other pending developments by the V&A Waterfront imply that approximately R223.7 billion in revenue could be added to the national coffers by these initiatives. With the added construction of both the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa along with the terminal, the entire silo area is in for a major upgrade, creating better access to and from the area.
With Tourism earmarked on the National Development Plan as the only sustainable job-creating sector in the economy, the terminal is good news for Cape Town’s hospitality industry, which is set to benefit enormously from its operations.
DA shadow minister of tourism, James Vos, outlined some of these benefits as follows:
- Increased maritime trade
- Increased cruise tourism
- Spending by cruise passengers and crew
- Regional job creation for local branches of the major cruise lines local branches
- Increased revenue from port charges
- Expenditure by the cruise liners on goods, services and maintenance costs
Cape Town City Accommodation providers in the nearby suburbs of Claremont and Century City, among others, stand to gain; while businesses located at the Waterfront itself will most certainly receive direct advantages from the influx of cruise passengers and increased harbour traffic.
Statistics show that for every 12 international tourists that visit our shores, at least one sustainable full time job is created. With thousands of passengers boarding each cruise liner every trip, this is great news for Cape Town and the broader spectrum of South African Tourism.
For now, the intention is for the facility to serve the entire passenger complement of cruise liners such as the MSC Sinfonia and the Opera, which already visit our shores from October to April each year.
Cruise tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors, and the establishment of a permanent cruise terminal on the shores of the Mother City is a wonderful opportunity for Cape Town to remain at the forefront of international holiday offerings.
In a bid to establish Cape Town as the gateway to African Cruise Tourism, all international cruise liner vessels will be required to dock at the port of Cape Town, according to a directive issued by the minister of home affairs. South Africa already accounts for 0.6 percent of cruise tourism globally and it is predicted that this new development will increase this percentage even further.
Apart from the obvious economic benefits, this cruise terminal opens up a new avenue for both local and international travellers to travel to Cape Town.
Accommodation located nearby provides the perfect addition to any cruise itinerary, with all of Cape Town’s best sights and activities just a short trip away by bus, taxi or hire car.
Some of these include:
- Robben Island
- Table Mountain
- The Atlantic Seaboard
- Art galleries and museums
- Cape Point Nature Reserve
- The winelands
- Exclusive shopping at South Africa’s biggest and best malls.
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