Its all happening in PMB…
Ezemvelo Heritage Week - 16 - 20 September 2019
Xpress Jazz Monthly Session; Saturday 28 September ; 2PM - 2AM
The Grandstand Railway Lounge PMB
SEPTEMBER 2019 (Tourism Month) PIETERMARITZBURG EVENTS CALENDAR
Cat-A-Douge of Song, Hilton Food & Wine Fair, PCB Golf Day, Face Of KZN 2019, Duzi 2 Sani 4X4 Expedition, Legends Live Music and so much more! Read all about it …
2019 Tourism Month Calendar Launch - Address by Dumisani Mhlongo-Director PMB Tourism
In the pic: Nazim Gani- Head Allan Paton Centre,D Mhlongo-Director: Msunduzi PMB tourism, Cllr E Majola- Speaker-Msunduzi Municipality and L Nsele- MPTA Board Chairman
30 august 2019 – Tourism hub – Pietermaritzburg
As Heritage & Tourism Month (September) begins we are reminded of role & responsibility of Local Government (municipalities) in respect of tourism
National Tourism Sector Strategy recognises local government as a key partner/stakeholder in growing tourism and achieving its outcomes.
The role of local municipalities derives from Chapter 7, section 152 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa no 108 of 1996. The objects of local government vis-a-vis tourism and economic development are to promote and encourage the involvement of communities and community organizations and to coordinate infrastructural development.
The White Paper on Tourism Development and Promotion states that’ tourism is government led, private sector driven and community based
While national and provincial tourism organisations are chiefly responsible for the design and implementation of tourism strategies and national and international marketing campaigns, local government has responsibility for promoting and supporting the local tourism products.
World Tourism Day
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World
Tourism Day. Celebrated every September 27 around the world, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
India has been chosen by UNWTO as the host country to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019 on the theme ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all’.
Tourism Month 2019.
Tourism Month is an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.
Last week Friday, National Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane together with KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube launched the tourism month at the Drankensberg and today is about presenting local activities that constitute the tourism month calendar.
Tourism is one sector that has stood the test of time as it continues to grow notwithstanding national economic challenges.
In March this year, a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) report stated that South Africa has the largest tourism economy in Africa, having indirectly contributed to 1, 5 million jobs (9, 2 percent of South Africa’s employment) and R425, 8 billion in 2018.It also indicated that the sector accounts for 8, 6 percent of the country’s GDP.
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane highlighted the importance of Tourism Month as a means to both South Africans and visitors from outside the country’s boarders to travel and experience the SA’s diverse offerings.
MEC Dube Ncube said KZN has changed from being a gloomy and hopeless location, at war with itself, to become an attractive destination for investors and leisure-seekers, who cannot wait to set foot on the province’s sandy shores.
“The warmth and friendly smile of our people has become a brand very few can compete with,” she said.
A new domestic tourism marketing campaign Sho’t Left that emphasises the fun of a domestic leisure getaway, and that encourages South Africans to take short breaks, has also been launched.
The campaign offers a number of holiday packages: deals that have been engineered in partnership with South African Tourism’s travel trade partners to deliver the fun, easy, accessible and affordable holidays..
Details of offers can be found in the sho’t left website..
What we are presenting today does not include strategic programmes like:
- Local ‘Gidla Express’ Homestays Programme
- Capital Sho’t Left
These will be presented to you as they are launched before the close of the year
Ladies & Gentlemen – I present to you the 2019 Tourism Month Calendar
Showcase – Know your city.
The Weeping Cross is located in the Pietermaitzburg Garden of Remembrance. Dedicated to soldiers who died during the two World Wars, the Garden of Remembrance with its Delville Wood Cross is a popular attraction in Pietermaritzburg.