Expected surge in South Africa holidays

Local hotels are predicting that more people could be heading on South Africa holidays next year.

Almost 60 per cent of accommodation providers in Cape Town are expecting an influx of visitors in the remainder of the 2011/12 summer season, a Cape Town Tourism survey shows.

Cape Town attracts British, German and Dutch tourists more than any other, while last year over 600,000 people visited the city from abroad.

Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, chief executive of Cape Town Tourism, said that visitors to the city are shopping around for best value when it comes to booking accommodation, attractions and tours.

"Now more than ever, visitors are using online tools like Tripadvisor to plot their stay. As the Tripadvisor users' number one destination in 2011, Cape Town already has a place in the sun, but we need to be sure we maintain our level of exposure and favour," she remarked.

This is largely helped by Cape Town's Table Mountain becoming one of the New Natural 7 Wonders of the World, while more people could visit the city as it becomes World Design Capital in 2014.