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More direct flights from London to Cape Town<p>This signals a big boost for tourism from one of our key source markets.</p><p>We welcome the announcement by British Airways (BA) that they will increase the number of flights between London (Gatwick) and Cape Town by two flights per week. This will bring to five the number of flights from Gatwick to Cape Town. </p><p>Connecting Cape Town to more cities and countries in Africa and globally is part of the City's strategy to increase connections so that we can increase business and leisure tourism. </p><p>This is key because more connections means more jobs through tourism. It also translates into additional trade opportunities to export proudly Cape Town products to the rest of the world.</p><p>My next step will be to request a meeting with British Airways to offer any assistance to increase the number of tourists coming to Cape Town. </p><p>For example, I have already confirmed that the Place Marketing team within the Department of Enterprise and Investment will happily share our beautiful destination content with BA. </p><p>We have developed a suite of promotional material, including videos, brochures and a USB Toolkit which position Cape Town as a preferred destination for travel, events and investment. </p><p>Place Marketing launched the City’s first digital film and image library on the Barberstock platform. The online vault contains over 1 000 images and videos available for download at no cost to anyone promoting Cape Town as the premier city to Visit, Live, Work, Study, Play and Invest.</p><p>Users can register for free access at <a href="http://www.barberstock.com/capetown">www.barberstock.com/capetown</a>. View the Barberstock promotional teaser here.</p><p>Reliable and efficient airport infrastructure forms the backbone of the travel and trade sector. The Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) has already contributed R4.7 billion to the South African economy and supported over 43 000 direct, indirect and induced jobs. </p><p>The expansion of the CTIA, costing R7 billion over the next five years, will see the construction of a new realigned runway, the refurbishment of the domestic arrivals terminal and the expansion of the international terminal.</p><p>My team at the Enterprise and Investment Department is also working with the airport to maximise the benefits of this expansion for local communities.</p><p>The tourism sector sustains hundreds of thousands of jobs in Cape Town and I will continue to find ways to bring in more tourism and trade so that more jobs and economic growth will be created in this sector.</p><p><br>End</p>2020-02-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0f794aab-8ac2-46f6-8dda-f97adf1462bd;L0|#00f794aab-8ac2-46f6-8dda-f97adf1462bd|tourism;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#df206c9e-4022-471e-bcc4-9566e26cf54f;L0|#0df206c9e-4022-471e-bcc4-9566e26cf54f|Airport Industria;GP0|#c4af9faf-7d3a-4732-b9e8-4e1ba39ed8ae;L0|#0c4af9faf-7d3a-4732-b9e8-4e1ba39ed8ae|trade and investment;GP0|#f428d0ad-e746-4e8f-bd2b-e036845d81b9;L0|#0f428d0ad-e746-4e8f-bd2b-e036845d81b9|economic contribution;GP0|#d9cae74e-20d7-4cee-ba0d-5a69d4586b45;L0|#0d9cae74e-20d7-4cee-ba0d-5a69d4586b45|Cape Town international airport1

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