Female committee fast-tracks tourism

2017-10-11 06:01
 Photo: tania sandbergThe newly-elected Sapphire Coast Tourism Committee (front, from left) Awie Pienaar (beach activations and events liaison), Giovanna Roscini (accommodation, PF), Sandy Bruyns (Umkomaas Diving, parkrun), Romy Wenzel (chairperson), Louise Oosthuysen (secretary), Kim McCarthy (treasurer), Andre Beetge (vice-chairperson), Monique Botha (spokesperson, PF).

Photo: tania sandbergThe newly-elected Sapphire Coast Tourism Committee (front, from left) Awie Pienaar (beach activations and events liaison), Giovanna Roscini (accommodation, PF), Sandy Bruyns (Umkomaas Diving, parkrun), Romy Wenzel (chairperson), Louise Oosthuysen (secretary), Kim McCarthy (treasurer), Andre Beetge (vice-chairperson), Monique Botha (spokesperson, PF).

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SAPPHIRE Coast Tourism again appointed an all-women committee for 2017, with the exception of vice-chairperson, Cllr André Beetge, who joins in his capacity as Durban Business Forum (DBF) member. The DBF is the overseeing body for Community Tourism Organisations (CTO).

Last year’s vice-chairperson Romy Wenzel took over from Monique de Kock as chairperson. Wenzel said in Celebrating Heritage and Tourism Month – September, SCT organised several events.

“Over the long weekend we had a Tourism stand at Pick n Pay Arbour Crossing, with DJ Chris making music. Last weekend we had DJs on Toti and Winklespruit beach and Funland brought moveable tenpin bowling to the main beach. Thank you to our sponsors, Lords and Legends, Illovo Nursery, KFC, Gary’s Horses, Scuba Co, Aliwal Dive Centre and Clearwaters Spur for donating prizes,” Wenzel said.

SCT also thanked Lisa Welsh from Creative Juice, who sponsored four tickets to SPCA Music at the River on Sunday, October 1. The winners were Chantelle Webber and Roxanne Chuttergoon who each won two tickets to the event.

Wenzel said there are more events planned for the end of this year and the beginning of next year.

“The first being the annual Goss and Balfe Marathon, which is unique as it includes a train ride,” she said.

The December holiday campaign is bigger and better this year to attract more people to our lovely area. Former chairperson, Awie Piennaar serves on the sub-committee beach activations and events liaison, and will ensure things run smoothly with the assistance of stranddiens.

There will be entertainment at Toti Main, Baggies and Winklespruit beaches, which includes deejays and music on different days, prizes and give-aways of promotional items such as T-shirts and caps.

Sapphire Coast Tourism appeals to the public and business owners interested in sponsoring give-aways and prizes or to book exhibition space on the beach, to contact them via email info@Sapphirecoast tourism.co.za or bsm1@mweb.co.za

“This year the theme is family and we are focusing on children and parents participating and having fun together,” Wenzel said.

Further projects planned are to install permanent flag poles on the beaches and at Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, to promote the area. SCT is repainting all the bridges in the area, their signature, sapphire blue and appeal to high schools that are keen to assist with painting murals on the bridges according to SCT guidelines, close to their schools, to come forward.

SCT is also working on a do-it-yourself route for tourists, which will incorporate the Hindu Temple in Illovo, Mother of Peace and Umkomaas Breweries, among the destinations. The SCT committee will visit the relevant stakeholders to make sure the facilities are meeting requirements for the route.

A bird route is also on the map. The new Sapphire Coast Photo Competition is in full swing and the winners of the September competition will be announced in Amanzimtoti Fever next week.

Entries are invited for the October competition, which are drawings or paintings of the SCT area.

Photos of the drawings should be submitted to the SCT Photo Comp Facebook page and the originals should be submitted to the art gallery, Art on Kingsway for display. Those who have not yet collected prizes won in the vote for the Sapphire Coast Photo Comp overall winner competition will be given away through the online Sapphire Coast Tourism Photo Competition on Facebook.




Purpose of SCT

“Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) is a publicity association funded by the municipality to publicise events happening in the area. Events being held in the Sapphire Coast should be fed to the tourism body, who then links the event to the SCT website, Facebook page and What’s On,” says newly elected chairperson, Romy Wenzel.

She says the SCT budget is not meant to be allocated to fixing roads and pavements in the area, rather it is used to promote SCT events and destinations. The public should contact the municipalities with concerns regarding infrastructure on eservices@durban.gov.za To contact SCT email info@sapphirecoasttourism.co.za or bsm1@mweb.co.za Visit their new webpage or Facebook page.


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