MAROPENG SHOWS STRONG GROWTH FOR 2012
Maropeng – as the gateway to the Cradle of Humankind – is proving to be one of Gauteng’s most popular tourism and educational destinations, with the Maropeng Boutique Hotel recording a more than 20% growth in occupancy, the visitor’s centre recorded growth of up to 11% in visits by learners, and Hominid House receiving a near-perfect approval rating of 99% among learners.
Managing Director for Maropeng, Tony Rubin, says the statistics received for the six-month period between 1 March 2012 to 31 August 2012 – compared with the same period for 2011 – are a “positive sign” that Maropeng is moving in the right direction, both in terms of its status as a tourism destination and its educational focus.
And what’s more, projected growth for September 2012 seems set to continue on its upward climb, with Rubin expecting a 17% growth in average occupancy for the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, over September 2011’s occupancy figures. “The upward trend in visitor stats seems likely to continue too, as September and October are traditionally busy months,” adds Rubin.
Maropeng is also clearly gaining traction amongst conference and event organisers, with it receiving a 92.4% approval rating in that category on a recent guest survey.
With an approval rating of 99% however, guest surveys of Maropeng’s facilities reveal a clear leader in Hominid House, with feedback from visitors being overwhelmingly positive, including recent visitor, Angela Theron, who said: “Wow, what a great experience. Everyone was so helpful and friendly and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. I was so impressed and will definitely book again.”
Another recent visitor to Hominid House, the Queensburgh Girls’ High contingent added that Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves Visitor Centre exceeded their expectations. “The food was excellent. The accommodation and bathrooms were fabulous."
Sterkfontein Caves , meanwhile, has also seen an increase in visitor numbers – especially with regard to children and learners, with 17% more children visiting between March and August 2012, compared to the same period last year, and an 8% increase in learners visiting the centre.
PREPARED ON BEHALF OF MAROPENG BY CATHY FINDLEY PUBLIC RELATIONS. QUERIES TO NICOLLE KAIRUZ AT NICOLLE@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA OR (011) 463-6372