Wundebar: German radio quiz winners 'blown away' by beautiful Durban

2010-05-05 00:00

IT WAS braai, beach and bunny chows for a group of 70 Germans who are in Durban after winning a radio competition in Germany.

The group, from all over Germany, arrived on Saturday and spent the past three days playing soccer, doing the Diski Dance and taking in Durban’s main tourist attractions.

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) and German radio station SWR3 joined together to promote the World Cup in Germany in 2009 when they hosted four journalists from the radio station.

The four returned home and began a campaign to promote South Africa by holding daily competitions for the radio station’s two million listeners.

Listeners were quizzed about South African history and some were even asked to sing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika to qualify for the competition.

Others were asked to name all the colours in the South African flag.

Seventy people won a week’s stay in the Zulu kingdom.

Thorsten Schneider, a SWR3 radio presenter, said the winners were ecstatic about being in the province as they had heard a lot about it through marketing campaigns in Germany.

Schneider said the group was “blown away” by the beautiful scenery and the warmth of the people they met.

“Everyone is very friendly and cool. We are very lucky to be here. I think that the World Cup is going to be great here. Those who have managed to get tickets should enjoy every moment during the event,” he said.

Nadja Schemela (19), the youngest visitor in the party, said she will definitely plan another trip to Durban because there was so much to see.

“As soon I stepped off the plane, I was amazed at the beauty of this place. I have to come back,” she said.

TKZN marketing and communications manager Lihle Dlamini said they want the tourists to go back to Germany and promote South Africa as a holiday destination.

“Word of mouth plays a major role in selling a destination. We are hoping that they return to their country and describe our beautiful province and country,” Dlamini added.

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