The Business End
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.