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2016-12-06 06:01
The 20 delegates from the second session with Eddie Andrews, ward 78 councillor and Mayco member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development at the event on Saturday.

The 20 delegates from the second session with Eddie Andrews, ward 78 councillor and Mayco member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development at the event on Saturday.

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Several business owners operating in the tourism sector have come together in a bid to develop tourism in Mitchell’s Plain.

Facilitated by Eddie Andrews, ward 78 councillor and Mayco member for tourism, events and economic development, the second meeting accommodated 20 delegates at the subcouncil chambers on Saturday last week.

Andrews says the government wants to create an enabling environment for local businesses through tourism.

“The purpose of the session is to identify stakeholders in the tourism sector, rendering a service in Mitchell’s Plain, and cement partnerships to ensure local opportunities are activated for local entrepreneurs,” says Andrews.

The delegates were tasked with filling in a short quiz to test their knowledge of the history of the area and further engage in discussions on topics and ideas to move the industry forward.

Some of the quiz questions were about influential people born in the area, annual events and history on the shopping centres, schools and organisations in the area.

Andrews convened the first meeting to discuss and develop tourism strategies with key stakeholders in Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein.

Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, and Enver Malley, chairperson of Cape Town Tourism, attended to share their industry expertise.

“Mitchell’s Plain presents a unique offering and this can be marketed. It rests between viable tourism destinations such as Muizenberg and the Helderberg regions. However, the area is passed over,” says Andrews.

Viable optionsWith the first engagement being successful, attendees presented many viable options, he says.

“Discussions are important for business within tourism. This is in line with the City of Cape Town’s economic growth strategy of using tourism as a vehicle to build skills and create jobs. Tourism concepts such as product development were introduced to the stakeholders and a strong focus on entrepreneurship was promoted,” says Andrews.

The second meeting included various roleplayers with businesses in promotions, events, food and drink, adventure and sport and transport.

Nikki Jacobs of Skylar Projects hosted the workshop and encouraged discussions that could help make the dream of having Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein as tourist destinations realised.

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