Acting Durban Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane said: "We are delighted as the Port of Durban to have scooped the title of Africa's Leading Cruise Port and would like to congratulate the other strong nominees in this category, which included two other ports operated by TNPA - Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Durban is already well entrenched as one of the busiest ports in Africa from a cargo perspective, but accolades like this demonstrate how versatile we are and most importantly show that the work we are doing to develop our cruise tourism sector has not gone unnoticed globally."
Annual escalations in the number of visitors and liners have afforded TNPA, and the country at large, positive socio-economic spin-offs such as tourism development, job creation, skills development and supplier development.
In the calendar year 2017, 185 390 embarking and disembarking passengers were processed through the Port of Durban during 56 vessel calls. This represents a 173% increase in passenger numbers at the port over the last 10 years, from only 67892 passengers and 39 vessel calls in 2007.
South Africa welcomed more than 20 luxury cruise ships operated by 17 international cruise lines to its six cruise ports during the 2017/18 cruise season. Through port concessions TNPA is also making it possible for private operators to use their expertise to ensure that South Africa earns its slice of the global luxury cruise sector, which is one of thefastestgrowing segments in thetourism industry.
KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) - a Joint Venture between MSC Cruises SA (a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA) and Africa Armada Consortium (an empowered investment company) - has been granted a concession for the Design, Financing, Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Transfer of the new Cruise Terminal Facility for a 25 Year Concession Period in the Port of Durban.
Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
Hospitality winners included Hilton Hotels & Resorts ('Africa's Leading Hotel Brand), Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa ('Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel'), Hilton Durban ('South Africa's Leading Business Hotel') and Legend Golf Resort & Spa, South Africa ('Africa's Leading Sports Resort').
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