A call for tourist attractions in Durban

2013-04-30 15:14

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2013-02-04 11:49

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Durban - Despite a reported 10 percent national increase in the number of tourists visiting South Africa, business operators in Durban’s tourist hubs say this has had very little impact on their bottom line.

IOL reports that the National Department of Tourism stated there had been almost 800 000 more visitors between January and October last year compared to the same period in 2011.

According to the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa, Durban has one sector that is thriving from the increasing number of visitors which is the hotel and accommodation sector, the occupancy of rooms in KwaZulu-Natal had increased following a dip in 2010 and 2011.

 “In 2010 there were a lot of rooms that were built and so there was a slight dip following that, but we are very happy that things have not only stabilised but are getting better. Occupancy has increased in KZN and other places and a lot of our members in the province have reported an increase in revenue, and we are hoping that this will also be the case this year,” said the acting Fedhasa chief executive Eddy Khosa.

To the manager of Nino’s cafe at the Moses Mabhida, Frans Swart, cities like Durban need more attractions if visitors are going to spend any real money.

“There are very few attractions here in the city and a lot of the businesses that are around here for instance do not often get regular visitors. We mostly get a shot in the arm during public holidays, but during the year it is very tough. I think we need more attractions, especially at the stadium; even things like concerts and shows will go a long way towards helping us survive.” states Swart.

Karen Kohler, a research manager at Tourism KZN, said the South Coast had seen a significant growth over the last year, in part due to many beaches having Blue Flag status.

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