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The drought in the Western Cape is unlikely to put a damper on Cape Town’s tourism sector in the festive season, professional services firm Grant Thornton says.
The province is in the grip of its worst drought in decades and there are fears taps could run dry by the middle of 2018.
Some believe the water crisis will worsen over the summer holidays as usage could spike when tourists descend on Cape Town during the festive season.
However, the water crisis is not at the point yet to warrant foreign visitors changing their travel plans, says Martin Jansen van Vuuren, the director of tourism, hospitality and leisure at Grant Thornton.
"For most foreign tourists, visiting SA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and they would have planned and paid for the trip well in advance. They may thus not be in a position to change their plans.
"Even if they could change their plans, I believe that there is generally an awareness among tourists about any resource scarcity which may exist in the regio...
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