South Coast establishments shine

2015-10-15 06:00
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Ugu South Coast Tourism Finance and Human Resources Officer Sheroma Bansee (left), with HR and finance general manager, Deborah Ludick with the IMFA award.

PHOTO: supplied Ugu South Coast Tourism Finance and Human Resources Officer Sheroma Bansee (left), with HR and finance general manager, Deborah Ludick with the IMFA award.

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THE South Coast is, once again, making waves. Global and national re-cognition is pouring into the greater South Coast and here is why.

Seaverge Chalets in Port Edward have been nominated by Lux Hotel and Spa Awards as the Best Sea Retreat in South Africa 2015.

The spectacular views from Seaverge, comprising of the ocean, sunrise, dolphins and whales are breathtaking. It’s no wonder they have walked away with this award.

Wild 5 Adventures were selected as the national winner in the recent Lilizela Awards in the Action and Adventure category. Wild 5 is based in Oribi Gorge and among its many activities, also offers the highest gorge jump in the world.

Umthunzi Hotel and Conference Centre in Umtentweni recently walked away with the Platinum Diners Club Wine List Award, and were 2014 Lilizela Award winners and finalists in 2015. Ugu South Coast Tourism was just this week awarded with Walking the Talk for Effective Governance at the IMFO (Institute of Municipal Finance Officers) Conference held in Johannesburg.

IMFO is the professional body for the development and promotion of municipal finance and practitioners in the public sector. This award follows Ugu South Coast Tourism’s successful clean audit.

You may well have heard by now too that the KZN South Coast has been awarded seven Blue Flags this season. While it is significant scooping seven beaches - Marina, Trafalgar, Lucien, Southport, Umzumbe, Ramsgate, and Hibberdene - in just 120km stretch of the 3200km South African coastline), what is even more significant is that the South Coast has the highest number of permanently manned Blue Flag beaches in Africa.

And further indication that the South Coast is attracting a good measure of tourism - Barnacle Bill’s Beach Cottage in Sea Park has reflected occupancy figures in excess of 84% for the year.

Barnacle Bill’s Beach Cottage is an original fishermen’s cottage on the edge of the Admiralty Reserve, and is about 25 paces from the glorious beach.

So all in all, it would appear that the South Coast truly has something for everyone and is doing it right.

“Congratulations to everyone involved, to all our members, and our parent bodies and municipalities for making these awards possible. We are exceptionally privileged to be the representative face of tourism for the South Coast,” said Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO, Justin Mackrory.

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