From left: Greg Vogt, Western Cape tourism minister Alan Winde and Ypie Kingma.
KNYSNA NEWS FLASH - The World Travel Market Africa Tourism showcase was held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre recently.
A record 650 international hosted buyers were invited to attend the event. A further 4 500 travel professionals, both South African and international, also attended. There were 650 tourism products on show. The Garden Route was well represented with local tourism offices and private tourism products exhibiting.
A group of international tour operators were invited on a four-day educational tour to the Klein Karoo and Garden Route. They were all first-time visitors to the region and were blown away by the natural beauty and the friendliness of its people. By day four they were all discussing plans to create Garden Route and Klein Karoo itineraries for their clients.
The educational tour was organised by Paul Coetzee from Explore The Garden Route, a tourism destination company that is based in Knysna. Many local companies also made a big contribution to the success of the tour and a big thank-you must go to Belvidere Manor, Garden Route Game Lodge, Romanza Yacht Charters, Featherbed Co, Knysna Log-inn, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, 34 Degrees South; The Project Bar, Monkeyland/Birds of Eden, Bazala and WHE+ restaurants, Highgate Ostrich Show Ranch and Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve.
Knysna hospitality and tourism entities recently shone at the World Trade Market Africa (WTM) held in Cape Town.
According to the CEO of tourism body Knysna & Partners, Greg Vogt, the spend of the Knysna private sector was conservatively R250 000.
Featherbed Co had a great spot at the World Trade Market Africa surrounded by posters evoking a feeling of what the company does. Photos: Supplied
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