Outlook on Cape Town Festive Season 2015/2016

November 6, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Cape Town Accommodation Owners

What’s the outlook for Cape Town festive market for 2015.2016?

Just the other day Elmarie was asked to 4 restaurants for guests of this festive season. Most of the popular places like The Test Kitchen, Pot Luck, Harbour House and many others were fully booked months in advance and for months over peak summer season. She had to go out of town to Kalk Bay’s Harbour House and Catarina’s in Steenberg, Manos Greenpoint (they don’t take dinner bookings, but we begged them), and the new Hussar Gril in Green Point that’s not open yet.

Expensive holiday rental accommodation in Camps Bay and Clifton have been booked – 90%.

People with money will always have money. And they are not side-tracked by issues. And these guys book their accommodation more than six months in advance.

Then there are guys like Cape Town Tourism’s CEO Enver Duminy who says:

Cape town Festive Season

It’s been a tough old year for tourism, Enver will readily admit, even leaving the visa debacle aside. (Original web page at

The you read…

Visa rules, Ebola scare hit Cape conventions

The International Association for Dental Research conference and the 17th World Congress on Basic and Clinical Pharmacology reported a 45% and 71% decline in attendance figures respectively following the introduction of the new immigration regulations.

How about some good news:

Bali was found to be the cheapest long-haul destination for Britons, followed by Cape Town, both thanks to sterling exchange rate gains of more than 15 percent. Tokyo followed, with the average price of 10 goods coming to £51.81, compared with £37.91 in the tourist hub of Kuta, Bali, and £41.58 in Cape Town. Malaysia also appears cheaper, with prices in Penang tumbling 41.1 per cent following a difficult 2014, to a cost of £68.29.

Thanks to the Rand Cape Town is the second cheapest destination and getting cheaper (More here).

Having a look at visitors to our site over various years.

CapeHolidays.Info has grown very nicely. It’s till two months to the end of they year and we have beaten 2014 already. And we should exceed 60000 visitors this year.



Although there are more people looking the commitment factor is a different story.

Speak to many Cape Town short term agents they all say the season is no fireworks compared to last year. There’s still about 40 days left and a significant last minute enquiries are streaming in. Will this year be better than last year? My opinion is no. It will be less but only by about 10%.

What can be done to get your short term rental out?

  • Price will be important. Don’t be greedy this year.
  • Ensure you have the best possible photos. Professional is always best.
  • Ensure that it’s marketed on international and local websites.

Good luck.