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Eastern Cape ready to host World Tourism Day celebrations
Eastern Cape ready to host World Tourism Day celebrations
The Department of Tourism, in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (DEDEA), South African Tourism (SAT) and the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) will host events leading up to the World Tourism Day Celebration on 27 September 2018. 

Drawing inspiration from the 2018 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) World Tourism Day theme: “Tourism and the Digital Transformation,” the event will highlight the value of domestic tourism and the role of digital transformation in growing an inclusive and sustainable tourism economy.  

World Tourism Day is an annual event that is celebrated on 27 of September throughout the world, with the purpose of fostering awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED AS FOLLOWS: 

MINISTERIAL IMBIZO – 6 DAY HIKING TRAIL:

Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom and the Executives of the Eastern Cape Province will host an Imbizo to engage the community from Port St Johns, Mpande, Mngazana and Mngcibe on tourism issues, in particular the community beneficiation of the signature  6-Day Hiking Trail recently refurbished by the department. 

Date:         Tuesday, 25 September 2018 
Venue:      Zwelenqaba School Hall, Mngazana – Eastern Cape Province 
Time:        12:00 - 14:30

TOURISM AWARENESS BLITZ:

The department will conduct a blitz in Mthatha to interact with members of the public and create an awareness about the value of tourism to the local economy. Themed “Do Tourism Responsibly,” the activations will promote responsible tourism practices ahead of the festive season. 

Date:         Wednesday, 26 September 2018 
Venue:      BT Ngebs City Mall, Mthatha – Eastern Cape Province 
Time:        11:00

WORLD TOURISM DAY CELEBRATIONS:

The Department and the Eastern Cape Province will join the world in hosting festivities in celebration of World Tourism Day. The event will feature entertainment and exhibition stalls showcasing the best of Eastern Cape’s tourism and cultural offerings.  

Date:         Thursday, 27 September 2018 
Venue:      Luchaba Nature Resort, Mthatha – Eastern Cape Province 
Time:        TBD

Kindly to confirm your attendance no later than 24 September 2018 to:

Department of Tourism: 
Ms. Sindi Zwane
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6612 / 081 267 4665

Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency:   
Ms. Oyanga Ngalika
Tel: 043 492 0713 / 079 891 8624