5 Ways We Can Help Save Cape Town Tourism This Summer


The past week has been a roller coaster ride for the tourism industry to say the least. With the discovery of the new Omicron variant causing international panic, countries around the world very quickly made the decision to close their borders to South Africans.

What does this mean for our local tourism industry, which desperately needed the relief of the upcoming peak season to recover from last year’s lockdowns? Maybe it’s up to us as South Africans to make sure businesses stay afloat.

Here are five ways to boost tourism in Cape Town this summer:

1. Visit a local bed & breakfast

We’ve been saying for years that the local is more lekker, and more and more we have found locals who embrace what their cities have to offer. Why not spend a weekend, or even just one night, in a local bed and breakfast, guesthouse or lodge? This time of year is the perfect time to take a break, and traveling in our own country can be just as exciting, if not more, than traveling abroad.

Pineapple House at Sea Point is sure to blow your mind. This boutique hotel is simply stunning to look at, and just so happens to be located in one of Cape Town’s best hotspots – across from the promenade, a short drive from the V&A Waterfront and views of the iconic Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head from your room.


Also read: Pineapple House Boutique Hotel – Cape Town’s Next Biggest New Arrival


2. Support local restaurants and businesses

Local restaurants will again need South Africans to support them. Throughout the year, Cape {town} Etc, through our #HighburyHearsYou countryside, got to know and love hundreds of local restaurants dotted around Cape Town. Visit our ‘Restaurants’ tab on our website to feast your eyes on some delicious options.


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3. Use your travel budget on a local craze

If you had planned to go abroad, but won’t be able to do so now, consider using that money locally. You could stay on the road or splurge on something more special, like a stay at Villas Treedom and Vardos.

You need to check out those babies that have been newly established in Wilderness. And they’re the first of their kind in South Africa, nogal!


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4. Be a tourist in your own city

Not everyone is ready for a hotel night at this time. Some might not have the budget for it. Another option could be to enjoy some activities as if you were a tourist. Ideas include a hike to Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain or a jump on one of the Town tour the buses. It’s a fun and unique way to learn more about the city from the recorded information you listen to on board. You can choose from different itineraries and packages, according to your desires. It’s a great way for the whole family to enjoy what your city has to offer.


Also read: The iconic Red Bus is getting ready for the end of year celebrations by once again offering daily tours!


5. Shop with businesses that depend on tourism

Think about ways you can help the wide variety of small businesses that support the tourism industry and that were hoping for an influx of international tourists this summer. Instead of buying Christmas gifts from big chain stores, look for gift shops that stock the kind of curios that tourists and vacationers would buy. Fill Santa’s stocking with items made by local artisans.


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These simple ways could be exciting and fun things to try over the next few weeks, but by applying any of them, you could help ease the burden on small business owners in the tourism industry.


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