[WATCH] Sapphire Coast showcased at Tourism Indaba

Durban Tourism acting head, Thulani Nzama, SCT chairman, Romy Wenzel, Sbu Zondi of Durban Tourism marketing and communications and SCT and Aliwal Shoal Scuba representative, Chereece Badenhorst.

Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) extolled the virtues of the Sapphire Coast at a tourism indaba which took place in Durban last week.

SCT was one of nine Durban Tourism community tourism organisations (CTOs) which participated in the Africa’s Travel Indaba from Tuesday to Thursday, 8 to 10 May.

“We made many contacts, with mainly local buyers and a few international buyers visiting the stand, trying to boost the Sapphire Coast and all its products available, one of them being the Aliwal Shoal which is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world,” said SCT chairman, Romy Wenzel.

The best news from day one of the indaba was the announcement that British Airways will fly directly from Durban to London three days a week from 29 October. “We hope it is going to generate a greater influx of international visitors exploring the greater Durban area in the near future,” said Romy.

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SCT thanks Carol Lane and Paul O’Neill of Lane and Associates, and Catherina van der Berg for assisting to put a promotional video together at last minute notice and SCT representatives Cherece Badenhorst and Travis Jacobs, who represented Aliwal Shoal Scuba, as well as SCT committee member Monique de Kock for manning the stand on a voluntary basis during the exhibition times.

Born and bred Ilfracombe resident Stanley Sibisi was hired by SCT to represent the CTO during the indaba, as the stand had to be manned at all times from 10am to 6pm.

“It was my second attendance at the indaba and my first time representing SCT as chairman. I attended the opening day which was rather busy in the morning, with many ideas and suggestions exchanged with people who visited our stand.

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Having spoken to a few local people makes me wonder where this region is heading to, as we all tend to focus on the negative far more than the positive. Yes, we all know that the Durban South region has not been receiving the same attention as the Durban CBD and Durban North areas such as Umhlanga and Ballito.

Unfortunately, that’s the way it has been, not to mention the airport that was taken away from us in 2010. No doubt it had a huge impact on the people visiting the Sapphire Coast.

Lucille Cremen of Cresco Tours, SCT representative, Stanley Sibisi and SCT chairman, Romy Wenzel at the SCT stand at the indaba.

However, I would like to urge all local business owners and members of the public to come on board, support SCT in creating awareness and to make things a little better for local residents, as well as local and international travellers visiting our region.

Don’t stop complaining and continue to report faults to put pressure on authorities, and share suggestions and ideas of how things should be done in the South, by actively supporting your local CTO and keeping a positive spirit and supporting those who have contributed their own free time to positively boost our area,” said Romy.

 

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