Last week, President Zuma announced the latest Tourism Statistics for 2012 and that tourism to South Africa increased by 10.2% in 2012 over 2011. That number is more than double the world average. Cape Town itself, whilst more difficult to extrapolate exact numbers, is approximated to have grown between 6-8%.

There were a lot of stats. Some of the more interesting figures were:

* The Cape Town – Johannesburg flight route is one of the ten busiest routes in the world.
* The V & A Waterfront had increased footfall of 11.9%
* 13.7% more people visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
* 6% more visitors took the Table Mountain cable car (we hardened souls prefer to climb it!)
* 23.9% more people went to Cape Point Nature Reserve, the southern most tip of Africa (actually false, that honour goes to Cape Agulhas, three hours drive away.)

All in all, a bumper season. This is no surprise to the staff at Uyaphi.Com. Being based in Cape Town, we are well aware of the attraction of this beautiful environment. Our offices are infront of the beach where we can surf at lunchtime. The whale migration is currently on and so we can spot Southern Right Whales from our windows. We can hike from our doorstops, the fabled Table Mountain National Park. I can go and on. Some of the best and most reasonably priced restaurants and bars in the world, especially seafood. Very welcoming people, genuinely friendly and helpful. My teenage daughters are off tonight to the Justin Bieber concert at the stunning Green Point Stadium, an architectural icon if there ever was. With Table Mountain being voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World last year and Cape Town selected as World Design Capital for 2014, there is a seriously positive energy in this city.

Cape Town used to be our little secret. No longer, we are a world city and the news is spreading.

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Nicolas Edwards

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