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Cape Town Tourism in Numbers

Updated: Dec 28, 2023



Cape Town, the jewel of South Africa, has always been a sought-after destination for tourists and adventure-seeking travellers worldwide. As we bid farewell to 2023, let's take a closer look at the vibrant city's vibrant tourism landscape, which has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, through some impressive numbers.



December 2023 marked a historic moment for Cape Town International Airport as it welcomed a staggering 30,000 arrivals in a single day. The influx of visitors during this festive season underscores the city's global appeal and positions it as a thriving hub for international travel. November 2023 witnessed an impressive influx of visitors, with a record-breaking 105,827 travellers recorded passing through Cape Town's airport. This surge highlights the city's popularity as a year-round destination and its ability to cater to a diverse range of interests.

Cape Town continues to captivate the hearts of European travellers, with a significant 66% of tourists hailing from the diverse continent. From the picturesque landscapes of the Cape Peninsula to the rich cultural experiences in the city, European visitors are enchanted by the natural allure that Cape Town has to offer. Cape Town solidified its position as the United Kingdom's number one tourist destination in 2023. The city's unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and world-class amenities continues to resonate with British travelers, making Cape Town a perennial favorite.


Not only did European travel increase but in 2023, Cape Town experienced a remarkable 41% increase in travel from Asian countries. This surge reflects the growing interest among Asian tourists in exploring the diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality that Cape Town has to offer.


Cape Town's commitment to excellence was celebrated on the global stage at the 2023 World Travel Awards. The city proudly clinched eight prestigious awards, reaffirming its status as a top-tier destination for tourists seeking unparalleled experiences. See the list of awards won below:


  1. Africa's Leading Airport: Cape Town International Airport

  2. Africa's Leading Cruise Port

  3. Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel: The Silo Hotel

  4. Africa's Leading Luxury Resort: One & Only Cape Town

  5. Africa's Leading Luxury: Rhino Africa

  6. Africa's Leading Safari Company: Go2Africa

In conclusion, the tourism statistics of Cape Town in 2023 paint a picture of a city that is not only maintaining its allure among traditional markets but also attracting a growing number of visitors from new and emerging regions. As we look forward to the future, Cape Town's position as a global tourism hotspot seems destined to continue its ascent, promising even more remarkable stories and experiences for those fortunate enough to explore this captivating city.

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