Community Blog: Tourists, where art thou?
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.