Weskus Festive Season

SA Police Safer Festive Season Campaign

Tourists visiting the Cape West Coast of South Africa generate stable revenue streams, create new permanent job opportunities, and help preserve the unique cultural and natural heritage. However, this is only possible through a safe tourism environment, which is why West Coast Way again welcome the annual South African Police Services Safer Festive Season operations drive.

“Ongoing efforts to secure the West Coast of South Africa as a safe destination, offering extraordinary nature, adventure, and hyper-localised cuisine experiences, has firmly positioned the West Coast National Park on the top 5 list of Western Cape attractions with the highest year-on-year visitors growth rates in August 2023. Other attractions are Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Table Mountain National Park, Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area, and Harold Porter National Botanical Garden,” explains Carmen Lerm, founder of West Coast Way

South Africa’s tourism sector continues to exhibit strong recovery with the first half of 2023 recording more than 4 million tourist arrivals. This is a significant increase from the 2,3 million tourist arrivals between January and June 2022.

Weskus Festive Season

A Weskus Festive Season of tranquility awaits

Weskus Festive Season at West Coast National Park

Weskus Festive Season: Kraalbaai Lifestyle House Boats in West Coast National Park

Tourism Is One Of South Africa’s Key Economic Sectors

Tourism has a positive economic impact on the balance sheet, employment, gross income and production. Crime, on the other hand, can have a very negative effect on tourism. “Crime can impede tourism by significantly damaging South Africa’s image and the Cape West Coast’s reputation as a much-loved vacation spot. The SA tourism industry doesn’t want tourists to become victims of crime. Therefore, the most important prerequisite for a successful tourist industry is a reputation for having crime under control and communicating tourism safety,”

Between January and August 2023, Cape Town recorded a total of 562,818 tourist arrivals via air, of which 90% originated from overseas markets and 10% from the African continent. Many of these tourists also explored the Cape West Coast of South Africa.

Tourism Collaboration Is The Key To Safety

Visible policing this season reflects the personal, financial, psychological, and social security efforts made to protect tourists. And all of this can play an instrumental role in increasing tourism numbers. In order to prevent crime and to create a safe environment for tourists, it is necessary to ensure the collaboration, and cooperation, of all stakeholders involved in tourism: the tourism industry, local communities, national authorities, and SA police services.

International Visitor Growth To Aid In Preserving Weskus Culture

Despite globalisation and digitisation, tourists still favour local goods, services, and experiences, making the Cape West Coast an attractive destination. Tourism can help promote and preserve our unique “Weskus” culture and traditions, encouraging residents to take pride in their community and share local cultural experiences with international visitors this Weskus Festive Season.

Vibrant Weskus Festive Season

“Ensuring a safe and secure environment for tourists is a critical aspect of the tourism industry. By taking significant efforts to increase security measures, providing tourists with information, and encouraging responsible behavior among locals, we can create an environment that is safe and welcoming for travelers from all over the world.” concludes Lerm.
Carmen Lerm talks about Weskus Festive Season

Carmen Lerm, founder of West Coast Way

Data Source: StatsSA, 2023

West Coast Way Is South Africa’s Road Trip With The Most Twists

Explore the Cape West Coast by planning a self-drive trip or book a guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast holiday.

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes Find a 101+ things to see and do on the West Coast Way: Enjoy wine, craft beer, olives and Rooibos tea tastings, Weskus cuisine and braaivleis (barbecue), swing into Citrusdal with a zipline, go Cederberg bouldering, jump into natural (warm) pools, step onto cruises of lagoons and rivers, trek through nature reserves and a National Park, hop onto game drives, try the skill of archery and angling, get your adrenaline pumping with sand-boarding and quad-biking, go horse riding, learn about the San culture and Riel-dancing, do kite- and windsurfing, chill in your flip flops and do surfing, book a kayaking trip, go beach hopping, learn about bees, whales and listen to our birds in a twitcher’s paradise – all in South Africa’s wildflower reserve. For more information on the West Coast’s top places to go, road tripping, hikes, tours and trails, explore westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777.  Follow us on @WestCoastWaySA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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