Plet­ten­berg’s ex­cit­ing es­capades

Plet­ten­berg Bay in South Africa’s West­ern Cape may be a new re­gion for In­dian vis­i­tors, but it mer­its a few days stay, es­pe­cially for those who love ad­ven­ture, na­ture, wine, seafood and beau­ti­ful self­ies!

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While many In­dian trav­ellers al­ready visit Plet­ten­berg Bay, the re­gion is still rel­a­tively new for most trav­ellers. Plet­ten­berg Bay has scenic beauty, ad­ven­ture and lux­ury – three key el­e­ments that the In­dian mar­ket is look­ing for when they visit South Africa. Patty But­ter­worth, Projects Man­ager, Plett Tourism, is al­ready well-versed with the distin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of the In­dian trav­eller.

Speak­ing about the rea­sons that would draw them, she says, “Many In­dian trav­ellers al­ready visit Plett for sev­eral days, pri­mar­ily due to the many out­door and adrenalin-in­duc­ing ad­ven­tures on of­fer. In par­tic­u­lar is the world’s high­est com­mer­cial bridge bungee at Bloukrans Bridge. The area also of­fers plenty of op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence wildlife, whale watch­ing and bird-watch­ing apart from of­fer­ing an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Mon­key­land and Birds of Eden are pop­u­lar among fam­i­lies, chil­dren and bird lovers (which is a rapidly grow­ing seg­ment among In­di­ans). But­ter­worth says that In­dian tourists also en­joy the lo­cal hik­ing trails which have more than 350 dif­fer­ent en­demic species. “More­over, young cou­ples love the area for its idyl­lic sights and view­ing points. Cou­ples and even some fam­i­lies en­joy self-drives to visit the grow­ing vine­yards in the area. Plet­ten­berg Bay of­fers breath­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all vis­i­tors,” she adds.

Culi­nary op­tions ga­lore

Since Plett is one of those re­gions with a 360-de­gree prod­uct, it does see a good amount of trac­tion al­ready. “But we hope to see itin­er­ar­ies fea­tur­ing two and three-nights in Plett alone. That said, lo­cal prod­ucts do cater to the ev­er­chang­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of the in­ter­na­tional tourist. The in­tro­duc­tion of ve­gan op­tions and Cape Malay flavours (tra­di­tional South African cui­sine best suits the In­dian palate due to the depth of flavours), and mix­ing with Mediter­ranean cui­sine with beau­ti­ful, fresh seafood are on of­fer. If the travel agents book in ad­vance for In­dian wine-tast­ing ses­sions, they will ask for your pref­er­ences and make ar­range­ments,” But­ter­worth says.

The re­gion hosted 14 travel agents from In­dia in 2017, train­ing them about the prod­uct. This will be con­tin­ued in 2018 as well. “We also held a speed-mar­ket­ing ses­sion for In­dian travel agents and sup­pli­ers from Plett so that they can have con­tacts and are able to build itin­er­ar­ies to­gether. We also par­tic­i­pated in the In­dia four-city road show in 2017,” she adds.

In­sta­gram Per­fect

Plet­ten­berg Bay of­fers scenic beauty that makes it a must-see desti­na­tion for those seek­ing a pic­ture-per­fect hol­i­day. Ac­cord­ing to But­ter­worth, since trends in­di­cate that young peo­ple are mak­ing hol­i­day choices based on how their In­sta­gram pho­tos will look, Plett is one of those places that prom­ises ab­so­lutely dra­matic, breath­tak­ing im­ages.

Patty But­ter­worth Projects Man­ager, Plett Tourism

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