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Women in the tourism and hospitality industry Celebrated
A successful Women in Tourism tour was held on 27 August which was attended by leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry. This included businesswoman Carol Bouwer, motivational speaker Zanele Mbokazi and Sibongile Sambo, owner of the first 100 percent black owned aviation company SRS Aviation Ltd.
 
The women participated in a tour to explore the beauty of the historic Inanda Heritage Route. The event was themed ‘Tourism women on the move – beyond challenges.’
 
Councillor Busi Ndlovu said women have a role to play to advance the economic agenda of local communities. She said the tour aimed to recognise women pioneers in the tourism and hospitality industry.

The programme also included stops at Inanda Seminary School and Ohlange High School with speakers leaving young girls inspired with motivational talks.
 
Sambo said to attract tourists to historic heritage sites such as the Inanda Heritage Route, the City should consider installing helipads. She also encouraged young girls to become tourism ambassadors for their own areas as tourism contributes immensely to the economy.
Bouwer said the experience reminded her of how rich the City is in culture, history, and hospitality.
 
Bouwer, who is a former learner of Inanda Seminary, said the area has developed over the years. She praised the City for developing tourist attractions. As part of the tourism experience, the delegation was taken around the newly renovated Ghandi House.
 
“I am encouraged to see the work being done by eThekwini Municipality, through Durban Tourism, to support communities through tourism while highlighting small business opportunities. As the City rebuilds after the civil unrest, I hope the focus will be on supporting the township economy to create much-needed jobs,” said Bouwer.
 
The Women in Tourism activation is one of Durban Tourism’s efforts to reignite interest in the City and rejuvenate the tourism sector.
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