Excellent news for our friends and fans over in the United States: non-stop flights between the USA and Cape Town have been announced, making it easier than ever to get to the Garden Route and experience that Plett feeling!
Acting CEO of SA Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini, says that North American arrivals to South Africa totalled almost 450 000 in 2018, adding: “…a direct connection to Cape Town will improve connectivity to the region and allow visitors to experience South Africa from a new viewpoint. With North America identified by SA Tourism for enhanced focus for the coming year, the United Airlines direct route from New York to Cape Town is great news.”
Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO said in the press release that this is a game-changer for the region, as: “North America is one of the largest unserved markets for Cape Town and the Western Cape, with the USA ranked as the 3rd largest market for inbound passengers to Cape Town International Airport in 2017.”
According to Wesgro, a direct flight to and from North America would “add an estimated 24 000 passengers, which is 20% of the 2018 market.” That translates into an estimated R283 million in direct tourism to the Western Cape economy in the first year.
We are thrilled at the opportunity to showcase Plett to even more visitors from North America and know that, once they experience Plettenberg Bay, they’ll want to return again!