Getting involved, locally

2016-02-18 06:00

OVER the past few weeks I have been attending the annual general meetings of our 11 local tourism area committees throughout Ugu District.

The principle of community based tourism is enshrined in the workings of these committees who comprise of our private sector members, councillors and municipal officials.

Each year the committees formulate a tourism-related plan to enhance the local tourism product base, certain infrastructure and possible new attractions.

We have also encouraged committees to establish strategic alliances with other community organisations such as conservancy groups in order to maximise the destination value of each area.

We provide annual grants towards the costs of implementing initiatives in each area and where possible, seek co-operation from local municipalities in expediting authorisations or improvements to amenities, etc.

Without these valuable forums tourism management in our destination would be all the more onerous and as such we fully appreciate the valuable time and input people give towards local tourism matters.

We encourage local businesses and individuals to get involved in these structures so that effective outcomes can occur.

Apathy can be the death knell of some community tourism organisations and this is something we down here wish to avoid at all costs.

I believe that with passion and commitment fully representative area committees can do wonders, but they cannot do it all on their own - hence this appeal for the commercial sector and those deriving revenues via leisure and tourism to join our organisation and participate in local tourism committees and their activities.

Have a wonderful week in paradise.

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