Table Mountain hits tourism peak!

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The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has achieved its best ever December, with a record 116000 visitors going up Table Mountain in the cable car, up by 65% compared to December 2010.  Visitors were mainly South Africans.

The previous visitor peak was achieved in December 2006, when 112000 visitors went up Table Mountain by cable car, reports ioltravel.  A year ago the company had one of its worst performances, at 70000 visitors, being severely hampered by closures due to strong Southeaster winds.  In December, the Cableway could operate 72 % of the time, compared to only 56% the December a year before, the Cableway operation being heavily weather-dependent, and having to close when windspeeds go above a safe level of operation.  The Cableway company has also introduced an online ticket sale  service, to reduce the long queues which have been common during the summer seasons.

The Cableway opened 82 years ago, and took 6000 visitors up the mountain in December 1929.

Table Mountain has been named a New7Wonders of Nature, a provisional accolade still subject to verification.   Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company CEO Sabine Lehmann said: “Table Mountain’s campaign to be included in the New7Wonders of Natures has raised awareness of our natural icon, and it seemed that many South Africans wanted to see the icon for themselves”.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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