Major attractions and good weather help boost visitors to Cape Town
Cape Town is a favourite stop-off among many on South Africa overland trips thanks to some of the world-famous sights it boasts as well as its beaches and nearby nature reserves.
And it is these selling points that seem to be driving an increasing number of visitors to the city and surrounding region.
A poll of tourism businesses and organisations by Cape Town Tourism has found that higher than expected visitor numbers were seen in December.
Cape Town International Airport reported a 14 per cent increase in international arrivals compared to the same period in 2010, while many hotels, particularly in the Camps Bay area and the city centre, were booked to capacity between Christmas and New Year.
The many beautiful natural and manmade sights on offer in Cape Town seemed to be a major attraction for tourists; the V&A Waterfront recorded more than three million visitors during December, while more than 100,000 people headed to the Table Mountain Cableway.
Good weather is also an important factor in Cape Town's popularity among tourists, allowing visitors to enjoy the region's beaches and nature reserves.
"The positive feedback about December is very encouraging," said Cape Town Tourism PR and communications manager Skye Grove.
"We have had some good weather, which plays an important role in dispersing visitors across the Peninsula and greater metropole as they seek out beaches and nature reserves."
Cape Town has enjoyed a high level of exposure to international visitors in recent month.
The city was named TripAdvisor’s number one destination in 2011 and has also been designated the World Design Capital for 2014.
Meanwhile, Cape Town's most famous landmark Table Mountain was officially named one of the New7Wonders of Nature in November.
Other attractions in the city include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Robben Island and nearby vineyards.