Municipality promotes tourism

2016-04-15 06:00
Photo: supplied Ixopo Alan Paton Express Stimela steam train Operator Julian Perera giving coaching to tour guides: photo Khaya Magneu.

Photo: supplied Ixopo Alan Paton Express Stimela steam train Operator Julian Perera giving coaching to tour guides: photo Khaya Magneu.

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KWASANI Municipality is taking tourism as one of major contribution to fight the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

This sector has been identified as vital in decreasing unemployment among young people.

A few months ago, previously disadvantaged individuals were trained and received certificates as tour guides.

The purpose of this training was to improve skills of local tourism providers and to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship to encourage them to sustain tourism business.

On Thursday last week, a number of tourist guides started packaging and itinerary design areas of tourist destination to learn about new routes of tourists around Harry Gwala District, preparing to visit with tourists.

The guides visited Centocow Mission, Gerald Bhengu Arts Gallery and the Sisonke luxury steam train. They also visited Ixopo’s Alan Paton Express Stimela steam train which is the oldest in the area, kwaFodo Cultural village at Umzimkhulu, Mzamo Mabandla Cultural and Eco Adventures also at Umzimkhulu.

“We trained 11 tour operators few months back. Now we are in phase two where we are going around packaging new routes for tourists,” said kwaSani Senior Tourism Officer Andile Zwezwe.

He said they are trying all means to transform tourism industry and make it more accessible and representative to all sectors of the population in the region.

“We want to make sure that they are offering a quality product to the tourists as the district of Harry Gwala has huge potential.

Sithembiso Miya, chairperson of Sani Pass Tour Guide Association congratulated KwaSani Municipality for taking tourism seriously.

“We believe this programme will develop us,” said Miya.

He said they have packaged all their trips and they will visit the areas with tourists from South Africa and abroad.

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