Finally, Cape Town’s V&A to get cruise hub
Transnet National Ports Authority has awarded the V&A Waterfront the status of Preferred Bidder for the development of a cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town.
Once all negotiations are concluded, the V&A Waterfront will invest just under R179 million to finance, design, and develop the terminal.
The facility will remain at E berth, Duncan Dock, in the Port of Cape Town. Once completed, it will be able to accommodate the port’s current and future passenger vessel fleet. It is also envisaged that the upgraded facility will house value-added retail and hospitality services.
“The facility will be a gateway to a unique African experience in cruise tourism,” said TNPA ce, Richard Vallihu. “The city will benefit from a world-class facility that will attract greater international cruise liner calls, create jobs and strengthen the tourism offering of not only the Mother City, but South Africa as a whole,” he said.
V&A Waterfront ceo, David Green, said: “We recognise that cruise liner tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism. The cruise terminal gives us the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our fair city and is important due to the first impression it will create of Cape Town.”
He said there was great scope to improve the passenger experience upon disembarkation, and also the opportunity to work jointly with South African Tourism and cruise companies to grow tourism business.
Source: eTNW, Friday 3 Jul 2015