Community Blog: Tourists, where art thou?

June 21, 2010

SAFRICA-I work in an arts and crafts shop, and I can tell first hand that the tourists are either hiding because of the weather in Cape Town or we’re too expensive for them. Either way, they are not showing their faces. 

During the December holidays they get our four shops cramped up, because everyone wants a piece of our African art. But, during the World Cup, the only thing that’s helping the Old Biscuit mill’s tenants is the food market on Saturdays and sometimes during the week when they have a night market.

 A friend who works at a bar in Camps Bay was telling me that they are lucky to even still be working, because business is slow. Camps Bay is one of the places that should be buzzing with people, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

 I asked a few local customers what their thoughts were one this matter, one of them answered bluntly that “Cape Town is expensive, even more than London”.

 The other was far more polite and said: “I think it’s the weather, because it is constantly raining”.  My neighbouring stall owner: “Maybe they are watching the games the whole day and enjoying that, much rather than going out and spend money”.

 Well I’m hoping that they’ll at least come and buy presents and souvenirs for when they go back home.

This blog was written by a community blogger  chosen  to write  on their community’s experience of the  World Cup.

One comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by ossian shine, Reuters Sport and Ben Klayman, Reuters Soccer. Reuters Soccer said: Tourists, where art thou? […]

Posted by Tweets that mention Tourists, where art thou? | Analysis & Opinion | — | Report as abusive

All the World Cup 2010 Games in South Africa will be streamed live at 07:22

Posted by | Report as abusive