GET READY FOR A SIZZLING SUMMER HOLIDAY IN DURBAN
EThekwini Municipality, in partnership with industry role players, is gearing up for a bumper summer season and are prepared to welcome the expected 950 000 travellers to Durban.
EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda unveiled the ‘Durban Sizzling Summer Campaign’ on 7 September which is a robust promotion campaign to attract travellers to the City ahead of the summer season. The destination promotion campaign includes roadshows taking place across the country where Durban Tourism will showcase the City’s many attractions and holidays packages. The destination marketing will be extended to national broadcasters through visuals.
Mayor Kaunda said the City is continuing with rebuilding the local tourism industry and casting the light on Durban’s attractions and township gems.
He said it was poignant that the launch was held at Silokazis which overlooks the majestic Inanda Dam, which is one of the City’s hidden gems.
Guests, including members of the media, tourism stakeholders and influencers were treated to activities such as boat rides on the Inanda Dam, helicopter rides, and quad biking.
“Last week, we showcased another township tourism gem, the Coastal Beach Resort located on the serene shores of Umgababa where you can enjoy beach horse riding and other activities. Our efforts of rebuilding the tourism sector after the floods are paying off and has contributed immensely to the increase of visitors to Durban,” said Mayor Kaunda.
To ensure the safety of visitors during the summer holidays, the City continues to beef up law enforcement personnel at tourism sites. To enhance smart policing, the Municipality has also set aside R110 million to repair all defective CCTV cameras throughout the City with a special focus on areas with high economic activity, including tourist attractions.
“The contractor is already on the ground repairing this infrastructure and we anticipate that all cameras will be fully functional by the end of November, just in time for the festive season,” said Mayor Kaunda.
Regarding recreational facilities, Mayor Kaunda said swimming pools located along the Central Beachfront are currently receiving a facelift and will be ready in time for the summer season.
“We are happy that the Rachel Finlayson Pool has been operational since December last year. Construction of the Laguna Paddling Pool is complete, and we are finalising plans toreopen it soon. The site inspections are already underway at the South Beach Paddling Swimming Pool.”
He said the popular Circus Circus restaurant on North Beach is currently being renovated into a stunning fusion of Africanism and Art Deco and is anticipated to be opened in October.
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