Direct "seats" on planes into Cape Town have soared by half a million and generated R3bn in direct tourism spend for the province. MEC for economic opportunities Alan Winde said international arrivals at Cape Town International Airport had increased since the launch of the Cape Town Air Access initiative. Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between the Western Cape government‚ the City of Cape Town‚ Airports Company SA (Acsa) and Cape Town Tourism. The tourism industry employs 204‚000 people in the Western Cape. Under the Project Khulisa growth strategy‚ the Western Cape Government is seeking to add up to 100‚000 more jobs to the sector. Winde said Project Khulisa had identified that making it easier for people to travel to the region was one of the ways to grow tourism. "We have secured six new routes and eight route expansions‚ resulting in over half a million more two-way seats coming into Cape Town. Since July last year‚ this additional capacity generated R3bn in tourism spend...

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