Having won the coveted title for the past three consecutive years, Deidre Davids Cape Town International Airport, Senior Manager: Corporate Affairs, says they view the nomination as another opportunity to build on their past successes and to do whatever it takes to ensure they retain their award-winning airport status.
“There has never been a more crucial time for the tourism industry, and as an airport, we are keenly aware of the strategic role we play in attracting and facilitating the movement of visitors to the area,” Davids notes.
Rebuilding The Economy
Tourism is a vital component of the economy of the Western Cape and will play a pivotal role in the rebuilding of our economy post the devastating impact of the Covid-19 virus.
“While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on global tourism this year, we are optimistic about the future of tourism in the Western Cape. Much work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure that Cape Town as a tourism destination remains front and centre in the minds of international tourists,” says Davids.
“We are in good company with the City of Cape Town which has also been nominated for five World Travel Awards categories, including Africa’s leading beach destination; Africa’s leading business travel destination; Africa’s leading city destination; Africa’s leading festival and events destination; and Africa’s leading meeting and conference destination,” she adds.
Welcoming Tourists Back
Cape Town International Airport is managed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and is the third-largest airport in Africa and global travellers continue to regard Cape Town as a destination of choice.
Over the past few years, Cape Town International Airport has shown sustained growth in international passenger numbers and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic facilitated nearly 11 million passengers per annum.
“We look forward to welcoming tourists back to Cape Town and we have been working diligently to ensure that we have adequate measures in place to protect the health and wellness of our staff and all visitors to the airport. We wish to assure visitors of our continued commitment to ensuring that we play our part in safely and efficiently facilitating visitors through our airport as we start to re-build the travel economy in the region,” adds Davids.