Tourism gears up for holiday season

2016-11-17 06:02
 Stakeholders at the event (from left) Mthetheleli Matandabuzo (EDTEA), Mbali Msomi (KZN Liquor Authority), Maxwell Mhlongo and Khumbulani Khumalo (Ugu South Coast Tourism).

Stakeholders at the event (from left) Mthetheleli Matandabuzo (EDTEA), Mbali Msomi (KZN Liquor Authority), Maxwell Mhlongo and Khumbulani Khumalo (Ugu South Coast Tourism).

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IN preparation for year-end holiday fever, and as part of their mandate, the Development Team from Ugu South Coast Tourism recently conducted tourism awareness campaigns in rural areas in the Ugu District.

The first one was at Umuziwabantu at Vukuzakhe­ MPCC, KwaMachi on 3 November. The second one took place on 10 November in Umdoni at Nkampula Hall, an area previously known as Vulamehlo.

Each session was attended by more than 80 people.

The tourism awareness campaigns have proved to be a dream come true for many as it brings solutions to emerging businesses and to those who want to start tourism-related businesses, in addition to community members who gain knowledge.

The success of these campaigns is largely due to the commitment of stakeholders and through the dedication of ward councillors, who assist by inviting the community, and the booking of venues.

Ugu South Coast Tourism was accompanied by Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and the KZN Liquor Authority, and in both sessions and Umdoni lifeguards attended the session in their area. Community members were educated about beach rules and regulations.

According to Maxwell Mhlongo, Development Officer for Ugu South Coast Tourism the campaign came at the right time as everyone on the South Coast is preparing for the busy season.

“While it was amusing to see people participating in some of the presentations, trying out the lifeguards floatation equipment, their need for knowledge was made evident by the extensive number of questions that arose,” he said.

“Through the tourism awareness campaigns, more people are realising that tourism is everyone’s business, no matter who they are or where they come from.

“These campaigns thus play a big role in taking the information to people who never thought they would, or could, ever benefit from the tourism industry or how they could contribute to it,” says Mhlongo.

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