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Tourists flock to the Mother City

Madiba’s passing put tourism on pause in CT, has since picked up for the festive season.

Madiba’s passing put tourism on pause in CT, has since picked up for the festive season.

CAPE TOWN - Tourists have started flocking to the Western Cape as the festive season kicks into high gear.

Provincial Tourism MEC Alan Winde says the past 10 days of mourning for former President Nelson Mandela appears to have put things on hold.

But the MEC says the holiday season will now pick up for the Cape, which has seen a nine percent growth in global tourist numbers over the past few months.

"Of course this is also the time that we have our domestic holiday season. For the last few years we've seen the Western Cape start to pick up with the numbers in domestic tourism. Domestic tourism is the foundation."

Winde says while factories and other companies are set to close down for the year this week, tourism numbers will rise.

"This also means that in our province, along the coastal regions, it's not about closing down for the holidays. It's about opening up for business, where the locals are really getting their restaurants polished etc."