KZN gears up to host 2,2 million vacationers

2010-12-08 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL is gearing up for the annual influx of tourists over the festive season and the province aims to cement once more its status of being a leading domestic tourist attraction and a holiday destination of choice on the African continent.

The provincial Economic Development and Tourism Department launched its festive campaign under the theme “KZN is summer — Forever summa!” in Durban yesterday.

MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu said KZN is the destination of choice for domestic tourists, attracting millions of visitors. He said the festive season accounts for almost a quarter of the 8,8 million tourists who visit KZN during the whole year.

“The figures also confirm that KwaZulu-Natal is indeed a leader in terms of domestic tourism, attracting more than 2,2 million tourists during the festive season.

In terms of the domestic tourism spend during the festive season, Mabuyakhulu said, KZN attracts about 20% of this money, which is estimated to be more than R158,4 million during December.

“In a country with nine provinces it is indeed flattering … to attract close to a quarter of the domestic market during the festive season,” he said.

He added that KZN is a unique region with “summer weather 365 days a year”. We have pristine beaches and the globally renowned World Heritage Parks at Ukhahlamba Drakensberg mountain ranges and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park … Our township life is vibrant while our cultural and rural tourism sectors can hold their own anywhere in the world”.

The tapestry of cultures featuring African, European and Oriental experiences make KwaZulu-Natal a real home away from home for all visitors from across the world, said Mabuyakhulu.

A booklet will be made available at all district tourism offices, tollgates, shopping malls and at entry points to the province by Friday to inform tourists about destinations and events during December.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.