Table Mountain Cableway Company welcomed its 19 millionth visitor to the top of the mountain this morning, Thursday November 20, 2008. The company has been counting its visitors since its inception 79 years ago in 1929.
Mrs Usula Graf from Switzerland was declared the 19 millionth visitor to the renowned Cape landmark just after 11am today. As soon as her ticket was processed, the Cableway team surrounded Mrs Graaf with balloons and a basket of Cableway merchandise. “I will remember this moment forever,” Mrs Graf said as she told the team that this was her first trip to Cape Town and on the Cableway.
Armed with complimentary tickets, restaurant vouchers, caps, wine and chocolates, Ursula and her husband Kurt traveled up the mountain to marvel at the scenery and visit the Table Mountain Café.
“The Cableway is proud to have safely carried 19 million local and international visitors to the top,” said Sabine Lehmann, CEO of the Table Mountain Cableway Company. “It is a privilege to be able to showcase South Africa’s natural beauty to so many visitors and we strive to be a tourism role model for environmental sustainability in Africa.”
The Cableway is situated within the Table Mountain National Park and its efforts at environmental sustainability were recently honoured when it won an Imvelo Award in the category Best Single Resource Management Programme for its massive water saving actions.
“The Cableway has significantly reduced its water usage at the Top Station from about 27 000 litres a week to an average of 5 000 litres a week, thanks to water-saving measures introduced in April. The use of compostable plates in the Café has had a very positive impact on the amount of water saved.”
There are a range of Cableway special offers available including a free return ticket on your birthday on presentation of a South African ID; and the Cableway Sunset Special that offers visitors half price tickets after 6pm until the end of February 2009.