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WesgroFinancial Mail reports that according to estimates by Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, the summer cruise season has created thousands of permanent jobs in the province.

Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander pointed out that more tourists meant more jobs in the province. “With an expected 90,000 passengers in the 2023/2024 cruise season, and based on Wesgro’s estimates, we know that roughly 3,000 new permanent jobs have been created in this season alone,” he advised. Last month Cape Town hosted two of the world’s biggest cruise liners at the same time in the Table Bay docks. The Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria docked side by side and brought about 11,000 visitors to the city. Shops and restaurants in the city and at the V&A Waterfront were significant beneficiaries. In a report, Wesgro estimated that cruise ships generated about R1.2bn in the 2022/2023 season. This included spending by international visitors, local spending and cruise lines’ operational costs. Each cruise ship visit translates into tangible economic benefits, with one full-time provincial job created for every 30 arriving cruise passengers.   During the 2023/2024 season 65 ships docked, attracting about 90,000 two-way passengers and 38,000 crew members. From an average of 35-40 cruise visits a season between 2016 and 2019, the port had 70 in 2022/2023 and 65 visits for 2023/2024.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Adele Shevel at Financial Mail (subscriber access only)

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