Cape Town will not be turning tourists away due to water restrictions, as reported by several outlets earlier this week.
According to Wesgro, the Western Cape’s tourism agency, the city is ready to welcome visitors over the upcoming festive season, usually the Cape’s busiest period.
Tourism Update reports that while dam levels are currently at 37,2%, the Western Cape government has made provisions for the influx of people.
“As tourism is a leading source of investment in the province, the Western Cape government has done everything to ensure that the sector is not harmed by the drought, and tourists need not worry about their upcoming holidays in the Cape,” says MPP and DA spokesperson for Tourism Beverley Schafer.
She adds that there is also a disaster management plan in place, in case things go far worse than anticipated.
Meanwhile, the City MayCo member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, Xanthea Limberg, says that tourists must be conscious of restrictions when visiting.
“We are managing the situation with every drought intervention that we have at our disposal,” she adds. “We have not let Cape Town down before and we do not intend to do so now.”