The Busi­ness End

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Travel Guide - - Front Page -

Given its at­trac­tions and pulling fac­tors as a lo­ca­tion, it prob­a­bly comes as no sur­prise that Nel­son Man­dela Bay’s pri­mary eco­nomic driver has been through tourism ever since the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s in­cep­tion in 2001.

The com­bi­na­tion of safe and hos­pitable swim­ming beaches like King’s Beach and Ho­bie Beach, com­bined with nu­mer­ous lo­cal his­toric land­marks like the Donkin Her­itage Trail - which in­cludes links to the Cam­panile bell tower, the city hall, the Donkin Re­serve Park and

Mon­u­ment, and the old stone Fort

Fred­er­ick - only scratch the sur­face of sights to be­hold when vis­it­ing the area.

Veer­ing to­wards the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict of Port El­iz­a­beth, how­ever, and there is still an un­der­ly­ing cur­rent of eco­nomic acu­men to be found; dom­i­nated in the sky­line by the tow­er­ing Eastern Cape post of­fice head­quar­ters. From an in­dus­trial stand­point, his­tor­i­cally, the ma­jor­ity of all re­gional trade came through Port El­iz­a­beth, and while its coastal po­si­tion­ing still lends it­self to im­por­t­ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties - es­pe­cially in the ore-load­ing and dis­tribut­ing do­main - the city is now bet­ter known for be­ing the home of South Africa’s mo­tor ve­hi­cle trade, with man­u­fac­tur­ing the sin­gle largest con­trib­u­tor to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Hous­ing the likes of Gen­eral Mo­tors, Ford and Con­ti­nen­tal, its nat­u­ral bridge to wider in­ter­na­tional con­glom­er­ates leaves no short­age of op­por­tu­nity for the world’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mu­nity to ex­plore Nel­son Man­dela Bay at some point in their ca­reers; and once they ar­rive, it’s prob­a­ble that cars and ore will be quite low down on their pri­or­ity list.

From an ac­com­mo­da­tion stand­point, the Bay of­fers a myr­iad of op­tions in re­gards to price, style and lo­ca­tion; with five star ho­tels in abun­dance or wildlife-sit­u­ated re­sorts for those in search of a break from ur­ban life.

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