update (27 Jan 2014): Alan Winde, the Western Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism has announced some more statistics. According to him, the Groot Constantia wine estate was visited by 63 000 visitors in Dec 2013, the V&A Waterfront attracted almost 24 million visitors in 2013 and more than 780 000 passengers arrived at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) in Dec 2013. The tourism industry in the Western Cape contributed more than R18 billion a year to the regional economy and employed 150 000 people.
The City of Cape Town has released some insights into the December 2013 visitor statistics of its main tourist hotspots as well as into the arrival statistics of Cape Town International Airport (CTIA).
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway reported a record season, with 120 318 visitors in December 2013 – an increase of 2% when compared to December 2012 (117 785 visitors). Cape Point reported an increase of 4,25% in December 2013 and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens noted an increase of 9,08%. The only attraction to have reported a drop in visitor figures for December 2013 was Robben Island. Compared to December 2012 the island had 5% less visitors in December 2013.
The total arrivals at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) were up 2,07% during December 2013 when compared to to November and December 2012
The annual visitor numbers of the V&A Waterfront, measured on Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, were up 7% with a peak of 175 000 visitors per day on 31 December 2013. The Waterfront looks back on straight months of consistent retail trade sales growth since August 2011, and concludes 2013 with an impressive 19.8% year-on-year growth.