At least, that’s the sentiment you pick up from Mandi Jarman, head of sales and marketing at CitySightseeing. If your brow is furrowed at the mention of that name then you’re most likely more familiar with the brand’s colloquial name of “red bus” — even their Twitter handle is @CapeTownRedBus.
Sitting down with Jarman at the recent World Travel Market Africa, the travel and tourism trade show hosted at the CTICC, one gets the sense that she’s right. The exhibition hall is crammed with airline booths, safari lodge stalls and other industry stakeholders and players — all vying for the attention of the thousands in attendance.
“We always used to talk about the ‘green season’ or the ‘winter season’, but Cape Town has become such a demanded destination that the tourist season is stretching to the point of it being a year-long phenomenon.”
Asked what CitySightseeing is doing to keep tourists coming as the first semester of 2017 draws to a close, Jarman responds with enthusiasm about a new bus package called ‘Cape Point Explorer’ that costs R550 (about 42 USD or 39 Euros, for those with foreign currency in their pockets).
“The service includes a closed-top double decker that takes occupants to Cape Point and by doing so also links the big seven attractions in Cape Town. It starts at 10:00 in the morning and finishes at 17:30 and runs every day.”
But that doesn’t mean that CitySightseeing isn’t thinking about the local market as well. Capetonians are catered for with a special package over the months from May through mid-October that essentially means that two children travel free for every one adult ticket bought.
“The family packages really encourage our local visitors to use the red bus year-round.”
So perhaps, if you’ve never done it before, this is the time to experience Cape Town through the eyes of a tourist – without having to think about traffic and parking. Take along family and friends for a great day out.
Visit www.citysightseeing.co.za for more information.