MAKING its maiden appearance on September 27, the KwaZulu-Natal Freedom Route tour bus transported dignitaries such as Councillor Sibongile Mkhize, invited guests, key role-players and a few locals from the Pietermaritzburg Tourism Hub to the Mandela Capture Site in Howick in celebration of World Tourism Day.
Observing the celebration was Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube along with tourism industry role players, entertainers, and members of the public.
Ursula Brown of the KZN Freedom Route said the bus route runs from PMB to KwaDukuza on the North Coast and follows the legendary footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and former president Nelson Mandela, incorporating Durban, Inanda, and Groutville with visits to Phoenix Settlement, Ohlange Institute, KwaMuhle Museum, Luthuli Museum, Cato Manor and more.
“The tour bus, making its first appearance today, was a great idea since the event was attended by South Africa Tourism top brass, a myriad of hospitality friends, crafters, entertainers and industry role players,” said Brown.
The KZN Freedom Route bus tour includes visits to Arya Samaj Manaye Hall, the Old Prison, the Railway Station, and the Mandela Capture Site. En-route, passengers hear fascinating snippets and tales of history relating to places the bus passes by.
At the Mandela Capture Site, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said the department would like to see more people operating sustainable businesses which will assist in growing domestic tourism.
“We would like to see at least 80% of South Africans getting out of their homes and exploring parts of their country. I believe once there is an increase in domestic tourism, there will be an increase in job creation both directly and indirectly,” she said as she also encouraged locals to venture into the hospitality industry and train as tour guides in order to create employment for themselves.
Concluding, she said: “The target is to have one million visitors by the year 2030.”
The KZN Freedon Route tour bus departs from the Tourism Hub at 10 am daily.
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