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City ready to roll out red carpet to visitors

THE City is ready to welcome visitors following the successful ‘Re-Ignite Durban’ programme launch held on 23 September at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The event saw 16 iconic buildings, attractions and products lit up simultaneously as an expression of the tourism sector’s readiness.

On Heritage Day on 24 September, the Municipality launched its North Beach Tourism Information Office which will provide a personalised service, brochures, maps and Wi-Fi access to tourists. Within the office, there is a newly established Durban Souvenir Shop trading locally produced products supplied by around 11 small, medium and micro enterprises that promote the City’s heritage.

Leading both days' activities was eThekwini Deputy Mayor Councillor Belinda Scott who said: “The lighting up of the buildings was an initiative to set the tone and send a message that the local tourism sector is ready to be a host again for business and leisure following a difficult lockdown period.”

Councillor Scott said they are reminding locals and visitors to re-discover South Africa’s warmest place to be following the easing of lockdown travel regulations as the country is now on lockdown level one. “The Re-Ignite Durban programme officially set the tone of the industry's road to recovery and it is one of our efforts to boost the sector by promoting the sectors state of readiness. Uplifting the tourism sector is an integral part of eThekwini’s Economic Recovery Plan because the more tourists that descend on the City means more business, which will result in an economic boost and job opportunities,” she said.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World, Durban City Hall, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, the Elangeni Hotel, uMhlanga Pier, the Hilton Hotel, The Cube, the Oyster Box Hotel, Ohlange Institute and the Beverly Hills Hotel are among the landmarks that were lit up in a magnificent display of colour to celebrate the move to level one as well as to usher in the summer season.

In addition, the newly installed social media photo frames along the new beachfront promenade were also unveiled on the day. This will allow tourists and the public with a platform to take pictures that will capture their memorable stay in Durban and of course upload them on social media so that the City continues trending as the warmest place to be in terms of hospitality and hosting capabilities.

Furthermore, the North Beach Tourism Information Office will also provide rickshaw bus sightseeing tours to tourists which is an introductory and easily accessible means of seeing many of Durban’s major attractions in a short space of time. This is aimed at giving visitors more reason to return to explore the City’s hidden gems as well as assist in spreading the word about the beauty of eThekwini to others.

Visit www.visitdurban.travel to re-discover Durban or follow Durban Tourism on Facebook/Durban Tourism or Twitter and Instagram @dbntourism

Nonduduzo.Ngcongo@durban.gov.za

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