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Cape Town, South Africa Wants To Attract More Digital Nomads
Western Cape government officials want to attract more remote workers. That’s why they have teamed up with Airbnb to offer visitors who plan to stay awhile a discount on longer-term properties.
“Remote working vacations are becoming increasingly popular in South Africa, so we are thrilled to partner with [tourism firm] Wesgro to promote domestic tourism through longer-term stays while supporting economic recovery in Cape Town and the Western Cape,” Velma Corcoran, Airbnb’s regional lead for Middle East Africa, told Business Insider South Africa.
The properties in Western Cape will be listed under “explore longer stays” on Airbnb’s website. Stays for 28 days or longer will qualify for discounts ranging from 10% to 50%.
Remote Visa In The Works
During an address in February, Western Cape leader Alan Winder said he will work with his provincial government in advocating for a visa for digital nomads to welcome international long-term travelers.
The city’s mayoral committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, James Vos, added that remote visas will help boost the economy that has suffered during the pandemic.
“We are seeing innovation within the tourism sector to accommodate the changed behavior of remote working by offering affordable long-term stays, including other benefits required to work remotely, and we will expand this message through the broad range of products and businesses who can use a leg up in this challenging time.
If remote visas go through, South Africa will join Portugal, various Caribbean, Mauritius, as well as Dubai, in giving remote workers the green light to working in their countries.