Hub planned for local tourism biz

2016-10-18 06:00

A Hout Bay tourism forum was formed at the end of September to bring together all interested people, organisations, businesses and tourism bodies. The forum will be used to coordinate and expand Hout Bay’s tourism services and attraction.

Terry Murphy, chairperson of the forum, says it was formed to boost tourism in the area as well as to establish a permanent hub. This will consist of conference and training facilities and provide a working area for tourism entrepreneurs.

“This is for everyone. Any credible person interested in tourism to make a contribution is a welcome member,” he says.

The forum also aims to stimulate Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu tourism entrepreneurs and to develop tourism routes in the Hout Bay area.

Two partners have been appointed to date.

Open Africa, with Francois Viljoen as CEO, is responsible for developing the tourism routes. They will call for proposals from interested entrepreneurs.

The other partner is All Out Africa, by Nqobile Khumalo. It is an African organisation supporting community and tourism activities and encouraging volunteers to contribute to projects.

The objective of the forum is to look at tourism routes. Two pilot routes are to be identified and developed and implemented by the end of June next year. Funding has been provided for this project up to June next year.

For the hub there are plans to establish a permanent facility, probably in the Harvest Centre, to provide training, a conference venue, information and facilities for tourism entrepreneurs. A funding drive for this is underway.

Murphy says they are working on encouraging people from disadvantaged communities to submit specific proposals for tourism entrepreneur opportunities.

“The next major project is to establish a tourism communication strategy which will include brand identity, a dedicated website and mobile communication service and a range of information services such as a tourism calendar.

“We also want to stimulate many tourism-related events in Hout Bay to bring more tourists to Hout Bay,” says Murphy.

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