Open your homes to vis­i­tors

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Home­own­ers in vil­lages sur­round­ing the pop­u­lar beaches of the Wild Coast have been urged to open up their homes to tourists and vis­i­tors as for­mal es­tab­lish­ments are start­ing to get fully booked.

Os­car Mabuyane, MEC for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs and tourism in the Eastern Cape, said the Wild Coast had proved to be pop­u­lar among hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Some of the most pop­u­lar beaches that are the des­ti­na­tion of choice in the Wild Coast in­clude Mqan­duli in Cof­fee Bay, Hole in the Wall and Se­cond Beach in Port St Johns.

Mabuyane said the provin­cial gov­ern­ment wanted tourists to feel safe and at home in the Eastern Cape dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

“We are wel­com­ing tourists here, do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourists. They must feel at home. Peo­ple must open up their homes to in­ter­na­tional tourists,” said Mabuyane, adding that lo­cal vil­lagers should in­vite vis­i­tors to tra­di­tional cer­e­monies, such as imigidi [ini­ti­ates’ grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies].

“Peo­ple all over the world should un­der­stand our cul­ture. In the Eastern Cape we con­tinue to say that you can­not talk tourism out­side cul­ture.

“Our cul­ture be­comes key in the tourism sec­tor we are speak­ing about. So, we are quite happy that we have man­aged to reach this and our peo­ple are ready to wel­come ev­ery­one back home.”

Mayor Du­mani Zozo of King Sa­bata Dalindyebo mu­nic­i­pal­ity said the area was be­com­ing a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion given its great op­por­tu­ni­ties. He said new towns had been es­tab­lished in Cof­fee Bay and Hole in The Wall and a road be­tween the two beaches had been con­structed.

“Vis­i­tors have shown much in­ter­est in go­ing to these places which are not that well known by many peo­ple.

“For most trav­ellers Cof­fee Bay is a nice place to be. And Hole in the Wall is the eighth won­der we have.”

Zozo said the Wild Coast was spe­cial be­cause it was un­tapped and had not been con­verted from its nat­u­ral won­der.

“In the Wild Coast you find walk­ing/hik­ing trails from Hole in the Wall to Cof­fee Bay, mov­ing down to Kei Mouth. Ev­ery one of those beaches is con­nected by walk­ing trails,” he said.

“We also have vis­i­tors from all over who would like to ex­plore the walk­ing trails. It has be­come safe for them, but we still call on vis­i­tors to walk in groups for those who might not want to take chances,” Zozo said.

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