Suomenkin mediassa on viime aikoina kirjoitettu Kapkaupungin vesikriisistä. Moni on sanonut että eihän sinne voi matkustaa. Kaupungissa on kuitenkin yli 4 miljoonaa asukasta joten turistien vaikutus vedenkulutukseen on vain n. 1% eli hyvin vähäistä. Kaupunki tarvitsee edelleen turisteja, n. 300.000 työpaikkaa Western Capessa liittyy matkailuun joten matkailun vähentäminen johtaa työttömyyteen.
”Day zero” eli päivä jolloin hanat suljetaan on nyt 11. toukokuuta. Hotellit, sairaalat ym. saavat senkin jälkeen vettä. Eli turistit voivat huoletta tulla, kunhan muistavat käyttää vettä säästeliäästi.
What should tour operators and travel agents tell clients?
Laine advises that travel agents and tour operators tell clients and tourists who want to visit Cape Town “That there is currently adequate water for tourists’ essential daily needs such as washing, using the toilet, and daily hygiene”.
“Tourists should come and enjoy Cape Town and the Western Cape, but please be mindful of the drought and abide by water restrictions,” she says, adding that it is in coming to Cape Town and the Western Cape, they’re supporting the 300 000 jobs created by tourism in the province.
“Even at its peak, international tourists only add 1% to the population, and with most hotels taking major steps to reduce water, the effect of tourism is overwhelmingly positive.
“There are many establishments that have made alternative water measures available and there are regions outside of Cape Town, including the Cape Overberg and the Garden Route, where the drought is less severe and water restrictions are limited,” says Laine about extending holidays across the province.
SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona warns that the industry needs to recognise that Day Zero is not only Cape Town’s problem.
He admits that cancellations due to the water crisis would have far reaching effects for tourism throughout the country. “A visitor who books a 20-day package for SA, five of those days are in the Western Cape. When that person now cancels, they cancel the entire package, they cancel on Limpopo Mpumalanga and KZN, they cancel on the rest of the country.
“This is not just a Western Cape or Cape Town crisis. This is going to become a national crisis as the issues of Cape Town will impact the entire tourism sector in South Africa,” he says, encouraging the industry to tell visitors to tour as much of the rest of South Africa.