Midlands Tourism Fair sets its sights on local visitors

2009-08-11 00:00

IT seems that the Midlands Tourism Fair has grown into more than just the “mini indaba” it started out as.

Hosted at the Yellowwood Conference Centre and Restaurant in Howick by Skal International KwaZulu-Natal Midlands yesterday, the second annual fair showcasing the best of what the midlands has to offer as a tourism destination, has itself became an attraction.

The beauty of it all is that organisers have their sights on the local community and not international tourism.

“This is a good turnout. It will definitely stir up a lot of interest in local population, who get to learn a lot more about the midlands here,” said Wynand Laubscher, a representative at the stall allocated to local wine estate, The Stables.

An event organiser, Dick Jones, was especially pleased about the new venue for the fair.

“This is a great spread of all of the tourist attractions in the province,” he said,

“This venue is definitely a lot better than the one used last year ... There is something for everyone.”

And patrons seemed to agree.

Dr Noleen Loubser, a Pietermaritzburg resident, said: “This is great. It’s not like a boring convention in a boring hall ...

It’s more an outing. After you’re done visiting the stalls, you can just chill here [at the restaurant].””

“Tourism brings so much money into the country,” said Jones. “In fact, I think it surpasses gold as a commodity in this country …

“It is important for children to learn about tourism and the opportunities available in the industry.”

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