Durban sets sights on becoming Africa's leading cruise destination

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Cape Town - Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) wants to make the most of its cruise tourism offering and says it plans to increase the number of cruise ships and passengers visiting South Africa’s biggest port.

Durban serves as a massive gateway to trade in the Southern hemisphere and presents ample opportunities for cruise tourism development, says Ndabo Khoza, CEO of TKZN, as the organisation heads off to participate in the  Seatrade Cruise Global Convention 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, US, from March 14-17.

The city’s attempts to find the right bidder for its new cruise terminal have not been successful as yet, with plans eventually being put on hold. However TNPA’s existing cruise terminal – situated at N Shed in the Port of Durban, off Margaret Mncadi Avenue – was recently upgraded through a joint initiative between Transet Ports Authority and MSC to bring it more in line with international standards.

According to Khoza, TKZN is attending the Seatrade Cruise Global, which will allow it to interact with industry captains and role-players in the maritime industry.  "The event is said to be the leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry by bringing together buyers and suppliers for a week of networking, sourcing, innovation and education."

“The Seatrade Cruise Global Convention will give us some leeway to engage cruise destination planners and other players on the latest trends in the industry. This will enable us to position our destination and use tactics that will create an increasing demand for cruise ships to dock in Durban or Richards Bay and have cruise ship passengers disembark to explore our product offerings for a day or two,” said Khoza.

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