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WC tourism sector produces record breaking numbers

Robben Island has seen a 43 percent increase in numbers compared to last year for the same period.

The V&A Waterfront. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's top job providing sector should be able to continue its growth streak after record breaking numbers were reported for December.

Popular tourist spots including Robben Island, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the V&A Waterfront all reported an increase in visitors over the month of December compared to the same period in 2014.

Robben Island has seen a 43 percent increase in numbers compared to last year for the same period, enabling them to create more jobs.

Spokesperson Nomonde Ndlangisa said, "We were able to employ about 12 guides for guiding tours. We have people on the frontline, so we've employed an excess of 20 people in this peak season."

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says this is good news as South Africa desperately needs to create jobs.

"In the Western Cape, tourism is one of our biggest job creating sectors. For us this is very good news. We need to create jobs so desperately in our country. But we also have a few other sectors under pressure like agriculture, at the moment."

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway's Sabine Lehman says it was the first time since 1928 that the wind did not force operations to be suspended during December.

Robben Island's Nomonde Ndlangisa also has reason to boast.

"We are only comparing December 2014 to December 2015. We had an increase of 43 percent, which is the highest ever we've done since 2010."

Additionally, spokesperson Carol White says the Waterfront saw a definite increase in visitors.

"It was a definite increase and we also saw the increase in our retail turnover. We have not finalised our results but we are expecting an excess of R750 million.

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