A survey to determine whether tourism will benefit the Mitchell’s Plain community is underway. A similar survey was previously held in Khayelitsha and, according to the findings, most residents were very positive about tourism and tourist routes being rolled out in the area.The organisation conducting the survey, ovatoyou, aims to conduct similar research in Langa, Grassy Park and Athlone. Amanda Reekie, ovatoyou’s founding director, said the survey intends to support the community in building a tourism offering and to include residents. “The detail of how this willhappen has not been determined,” she added. Reekie said the survey was about establishing whether tourism benefits communities through job creation. According to Reekie, the survey aimed to discover which sites within the community would appeal to tourists and what the possible barriers in the community were for tourism and tourists. She said although challenges had been identified in the survey in Khayelitsha, the overall response had been very positive. According to Reekie, once the information about the survey in the areas was collected, it would be used to determine the attitude about tourism in the communities and the correct approach to take in the various areas. “If the decision to hold tourism workshops in the community is taken, the company will engage with the community.”As an incentive to complete the survey, Ovatoyou is offering R5 000 to be shared by five winners from each community surveyed. Up for grabs are a R2 000, two R1 000 and two R500 prizes. Winners will be chosen through a random draw. V To register, visit http://surveys.ovatoyou.co.za. Once registered, you will automatically get the community survey.