Ad­ven­tu­re Tou­rism off to Bar­ce­lo­na

Oudtshoorn Courant - - NEWS - TISHA S­TEYN

For the first ti­me ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism en­ter­pri­ses ba­sed in the Gar­den Rou­te and Klein Ka­roo will be re­pre­sen­ted at the 31st an­nu­al IBTM tou­rism tra­de show in Bar­ce­lo­na, S­pain. A­le­wi­jn Dip­pe­naar, ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism en­tre­pre­neur and foun­der of Gar­den Rou­te Ad­ven­tu­res, will be ac­com­pa­nied by Niel Els, pre­si­dent of Skål Gar­den Rou­te, and re­cent­ly ap­poin­ted ju­ni­or vi­ce pre­si­dent of the Skål In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Bo­ard.

The IBTM ta­kes pla­ce from 27 to 29 No­vem­ber, and with mo­re than 15 000 pro­fes­si­o­nals from mo­re than 140 coun­tries at­ten­ding, this is one of the lar­ge­st and most in­flu­en­ti­al tou­rism tra­de shows in the wor­ld, and one of four tra­de shows Dip­pe­naar plans to at­tend an­nu­al­ly to mar­ket ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism op­por­tu­ni­ties in South A­fri­ca.

“At the Va­kan­tie Beurs tra­de show in the Net­her­lands in Ja­nu­a­ry this y­e­ar, I re­a­li­zed t­hat in­ter­na­ti­o­nal tou­ris­ts are not a­wa­re of the a­bun­dan­ce of ad­ven­tu­re acti­vi­ties which are of­fe­red on an or­ga­ni­zed ba­sis in the Gar­den Rou­te,” said Dip­pe­naar.

This in­spi­red him to or­ga­ni­se the first e­ver Ad­ven­tu­re Tou­rism In­da­ba in Wil­der­ness, Gar­den Rou­te on 26 and 27 Oc­to­ber. The In­da­ba was at­ten­ded by ne­ar­ly 100 o­w­ners and re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism bu­si­nes­ses in the Gar­den Rou­te and Klein Ka­roo.

At the In­da­ba it was u­na­ni­mous­ly de­ci­ded to re­gis­ter a South A­fri­can Ad­ven­tu­re Tou­rism As­so­ci­a­ti­on, which was sup­por­ted not on­ly by at­ten­dees but al­so ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism en­tre­pre­neurs coun­try­wi­de.

“The IBTM is the le­a­ding glo­bal e­vent for meet­ings, in­cen­ti­ves, con­fe­ren­ces and the e­vents in­du­stry. Its go­al is to in­spi­re the e­vents wor­ld to de­li­ver ex­cep­ti­o­nal ex­pe­rien­ces for their cu­s­to­mers,” said Dip­pe­naar. “It al­so brings to­get­her the glo­bal meet­ings in­du­stry, who all ha­ve the com­mon pur­po­se of meet­ing the rig­ht pe­op­le t­hat can cre­a­te bet­ter bu­si­ness re­sults for their or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on or bu­si­ness. It pro­vi­des fa­ce to fa­ce con­necti­ons with the rig­ht pe­op­le, pro­vi­des an op­por­tu­ni­ty to gain key in­sig­hts and enga­ge in net­wor­king op­por­tu­ni­ties for three days.”

Fif­teen ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism bu­si­nes­ses in the Gar­den Rou­te and T­sitsi­kam­ma, the Klein Ka­roo and P­rin­ce Al­bert, and e­ven in Nel­spruit in M­pu­ma­lan­ga, will be re­pre­sen­ted al­ong with mo­re than 3 000 ot­her exo­tic des­ti­na­ti­ons from a­round the wor­ld. “This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ty to es­ta­blish South A­fri­ca, and the Gar­den Rou­te and K­leinKa­roo in par­ti­cu­lar, as an ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism des­ti­na­ti­on and the ent­hu­si­asm is o­ver­w­hel­ming.”

P­ho­to: Tisha S­teyn

Ro­che S­choe­man (grey shirt) of Fe­ar­less Ad­ven­tu­res du­ring an in­ter­view with SABC2 at the Ad­ven­tu­re Tou­rism Ex­po at the Map of A­fri­ca in Oc­to­ber. Fe­ar­less Ad­ven­tu­res is one of the com­pa­nies t­hat A­le­wi­jn Dip­pe­naar and Niel Els will be re­pre­sen­ting at the IBTM in Bar­ce­lo­na.

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