Locals discuss tourism

2017-10-17 06:01
About 20 people attended the eKasi session on Thursday to discuss taking tourism forward.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

About 20 people attended the eKasi session on Thursday to discuss taking tourism forward.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Tourism professionals met last week to discuss a way forward for the industry in Mitchell’s Plain.

Cape Town Tourism officials met with local industry professionals at Premium Sports Bar on Thursday for an eKasi session that encourages business owners in the industry to give their input on concerns in the industry.

This session was specifically hosted to discuss ways to bring more visitors to the area and to market Mitchell’s Plain as a tourist destination.

It an informal discussion on the importance of community engagement in developing tourism opportunities.

Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, says they often hear of complaints and issues and were there to listen to concerns.

The Mitchell’s Plain session was the third and final session held in Cape Town suburbs aimed at bringing the organisation’s services closer to citizens.

“We see sometimes there are common problems so we are taking complaints and compliments from all three sessions and looking at how we can address that collectively,” says Duminy.

Enver Mally, chairperson of Cape Town Tourism, says the sessions are important to promote networking as well.

He encourages locals to not let their neighbourhood define them.

Duminy says they are also encouraging residents to come forward to help them market smaller communities to show tourists there is more to Cape Town than just the CBD.

Some of the issues raised at the meeting included a lack of networking and marketing among operators, solving safety concerns, breaking stigma and a lack of opportunities to create awareness of the industry.


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