Today Wesgro and City Sightseeing South Africa officially launched the Cape Explorer Winelands tour.
City Sightseeing's iconic red tour buses operate across Cape Town and Johannesburg seven days a week, 365 days a year, and arrive at each stop at regular scheduled intervals. City Sightseeing South Africa also offers an array of community tours, from the free walking tours in and around the city to multicultural township experiences.
"The new Winelands tour route, which for the first time takes the City Sightseeing bus out of Cape Town, promises to provide visitors to the Cape an enticing opportunity to sample the best the Winelands has to offer in a safe, scenic and even carbon neutral way. The route will stop in Stellenbosch and Franschoek among others, and tourists are encouraged to hop off the bus throughout the tour and explore the surrounding areas," said City Sightseeing Managing Director Claus Tworeck.
The launch was attended by Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, who used the event as an opportunity to share some insights on the province’s tourism industry and seasonality: "A total of 344 131 tourists visited the Western Cape in last year's off-peak season (July - September). This double digit (20.2%) year-on-year growth, coupled with strong growth rates to the province from all global regions, led to R3.8 billion in tourist spend (33.8% growth). This positive contribution to the Cape economy during the traditional off-peak season (July - September) is a strong testament to the efforts we're making to address seasonality through Project Khulisa."
"Wesgro is proud to partner with City Sightseeing and we look forward to working with this iconic attraction to get visitors out of the city and into the rest of the province to grow this vibrant sector and create local jobs," concluded Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.