Tourism gets injection

2019-06-06 06:00
Nwabisa Nkonyana of Fugly Art Gallery interacting with some tourists during the launch of the Khayelitsha Curated Routes.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Nwabisa Nkonyana of Fugly Art Gallery interacting with some tourists during the launch of the Khayelitsha Curated Routes.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Khayelitsha tourism received a major boost when the Khayelitsha Curated Routes initiative was launched at the Look Out Hill on Wednesday 29 May.

The campaign is aimed at putting Khayelitsha on the map and boost local tourism and has been praised by those in the tourism sector. It is taking a new approach to cultural tourism by showcasing everything Khayelitsha has to offer. It is also looking at changing the traditional tourism model in townships where tourists are bussed into neighbourhoods with little or no interaction with the locals.

The Curated Routes initiative was launched by the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism. As part of the launch, delegates visited tourism establishments including 18 Gangster Museum, Khayelitsha Art Hub Space, Makukhanye Art Room and Fugly Art Gallery in Town 2.

Cape Town Tourism chief executive officer (CEO) Enver Duminy said the routes are focused on providing tourists with an opportunity to have a genuine experience of Khayelitsha.

“Too often tours in townships become a little more than highly regimented experiences mainly from tour buses depriving visitors of what they really want, authentic immersive experiences with locals,” said Duminy.

He said they have had several workshops and training sessions to build Khayelitsha with local small businesses to curate these experiences and to get different products on board to work together to make this a reality.

One of the owners of the gallery Nwabisa Nkonyana said interacting with tourists meant a lot for them. “A lot of locals do not get what galleries are about and I hope when they see more tourists interacting with us they will be curious to learn what we do,” she said.

Nkonyana said she is thankful to the City for making this possible because they will get the respect and support they deserve as artists.

Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management James Vos said it has been an exciting journey to oversee the launch of the Khayelitsha Curated Routes.

He said the township is a community that is rich in culture and filled with unbelievable potential, people and places to explore.

“I’m so proud of this initiative which showcases the local offering whilst creating new opportunities for the residents.”

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