St Francis Tourism trains tourism buddies

2016-09-08 06:00

ST Francis Tourism is celebrating Tou-rism Month through their Tourism Buddy Campaign by giving staff in the hospitality industry the chance to be a “tourist in your own town” for a day.

“Visitors will ask any local for information, but not all locals are prepared to answer, as some of them never had the opportunity to enjoy what we want our visitors to enjoy,” says Esti Stewart from St Francis Tourism. “So we decided to invite 12 staff members at a time and we do a ‘Tour de St Francis’ with them. At a later stage we will go to Oyster Bay for a day, as well as Humansdorp, which is also part of our area.”

The staff are welcomed with a cup of coffee and home baked rusks before they embark on a canal cruise, a new experience for most of them. “As we drive through the village, we show them all the points of interest, and tell them a little about the history of the area, but the focus is on fun and activities. After a visit to the Heritage Eco Centre we walk the Two Harbours Walk to Port St Francis for a calamari tasting; we view the St Francis Links on golf carts, and after visiting SANCCOB, if it is a nice day, end it with a soft drink at Sunset Rock.”

Each Tourism Buddy will receive a badge to wear with his uniform, so visitors will be able to identify those who can assist with information. “A big thank you to our members for offering their activities at no cost.”

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