SOUTH AFRICAN PORT CITY OF DURBAN EXPECTING BUMPER TOURIST NUMBERS THIS YEAR-END FESTIVE SEASON

DURBAN, The sprawling Durban beachfront and it’s golden beaches and warm ocean are a magnet for beachgoers and the port city is expecting a bumper festive season with more than a million visitors expected over the year-end Southern Hemisphere summer festive season.

The six-week period could generate close to 4.0 billion Rand (about 314 million US dollars) in revenue for the city.

With sunny weather returning after a week of rain, more than 200,000 people visited the KwaZulu-Natal Province coastline this past weekend. The city says this number is, however, lower than it had been on previous Reconciliation Days with travellers saying they are cautious about spending.

One traveller said: It requires a lot of saving for me to be able to bring my children here. I only bring them here in December.

Another traveller shares the same feelings. Considering the fact that our country has been downgraded, so one must look at his pocket before taking any trip, but luckily Durban is affordable.

Others just love what Durban has to offer. I’m coming all the way from Vereeniging (in Gauteng Province, some 550 kilometres from Durban) and I have been coming here for more than 10 years, because I enjoy it, said one visitor.

Business is good for most hotels in the city and the province with more than 90 per cent of hotels already fully-booked.

Phillip Sithole, the Deputy Chief Manager of the Department of Economic Development and Planning at the provincial government, said: We want to assure our visitors that during this period they can come in numbers. The places are safe. There is enough security. Traffic control measures are in place. If they are coming as families with kids we have plans in place to ensure that there are no children wandering around and getting lost.

A large police contingent has been deployed throughout the city to ensure the safety of holidaymakers.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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