Cape Town's tourist season in December has been hailed as a resounding success, with Cape Town Tourism releasing preliminary statistics on visitor numbers at local attractions.
According to Cape Town Tourism, Cape Town International Airport saw a seven percent increase in arrivals compared to 2015. For December specifically, there was an eight percent increase in arrival figures when compared with December 2015.
This means that in 2016 there were a total of 5 028 430 arrivals at CT International, with 522 659 of those arrivals taking place in December.
Meanwhile top local attractions saw record numbers which exceeded expectations.
Robben Island Museum welcomed 49 738 visitors in December, a four percent increase from the same period in 2015.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden broke their record for total visitors in a month, with 118 699 visitors in December. This was a six percent increase from the same period in the previous year.
Meanwhile Groot Constantia saw a 25 percent increase in visitors compared with December 2015 - with a total of 79 000 visitors during the last month of 2016.
Cape Point also broke their record, with 129 039 visitors in December 2016.
Table Mountain saw 150 201 visitors in December 2016, a slight increase from the previous year.
While the Waterfront saw a one percent decrease in visitor numbers in December, over the whole of 2016 they welcomed almost one million more visitors than in 2015.
"The figures represent an enormous boost to the city's economy during December, as well as an indication that the growth potential in the tourism sector remains positive," Cape Town Tourism's CEO Enver Duminy said.
"While it's still high season, with plenty of visitors still to arrive, we’re confident that the 2016/2017 holiday period will be one of the city's highest-ever. Well done to all tourism professionals and locals for welcoming our visitors with open arms."