T'was a whale of a week­end

The Village NEWS - - FRONT PAGE - Writer Hedda Mit­tner

Her­manus was burst­ing at the seams this past week­end and the econ­omy of the whole re­gion ben­e­fited from a wel­come surge of vis­i­tors who came to en­joy the Kal­fiefees, hik­ing trails, surf­ing, whale-watch­ing and other at­trac­tions.

“Heavy traf­fic into Her­manus on Thurs­day and Fri­day, and even more leav­ing the town on Sun­day, with ve­hi­cles stuck in slow-mov­ing queues all the way to Sir Lowry’s Pass, bore ev­i­dence to the num­ber of peo­ple who visited our area for a mini break­away,” says Cape Whale Coast Tourism Man­ager, Frieda Lloyd. “Al­though there were also foreigners spot­ted in town, the ma­jor­ity of long week­end vis­i­tors came from Cape Town and other towns over the moun­tain.”

Sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses, in­clud­ing res­tau­rants and wine tast­ing venues, said they’d had one of their best Satur­days ever, not only in Her­manus but through­out the re­gion, all the way from Betty’s Bay to Stan­ford and Gans­baai. Some even com­pared the long week­end to the fes­tive sea­son, re­mark­ing that “Christ­mas came early this year”.

“When I asked busi­ness own­ers how their week­end went, I was greeted with big smiles all round,” says Frieda. “It seems this bustling long week­end was ex­actly what we needed, pro­vid­ing the im­pe­tus for lo­cal busi­nesses to push through these last, tough win­ter weeks.”

Ac­cord­ing to Frieda, large groups of friends and fam­ily mem­bers were shar­ing hol­i­day homes this long week­end. “Most of the book­ings made at res­tau­rants were for ta­bles of six to ten peo­ple, and res­tau­rants were packed on Fri­day and Satur­day.

“The mar­kets also did ex­cel­lent trade on Satur­day, from the Gans­baai Farm­ers Mar­ket to the Her­manus Coun­try Mar­ket, while many vis­i­tors took ad­van­tage of the sunny weather to go hik­ing or en­joy our beaches. The tourism of­fices were in­un­dated with re­quests for whale-watch­ing boat trips and the op­er­a­tors had a busy week­end cater­ing for vis­i­tors, mainly from the Cape Town area.”

The 19th Her­manus Times Kal­fiefees was un­doubt­edly a big draw­card for vis­i­tors over the long week­end. Al­though it was a shorter week­end (three days as op­posed to four days last year), Kal­fiefees Chair­per­son, Jimmy Hat­tingh says the fes­ti­val venues achieved an av­er­age at­ten­dance of 80%. He was also pleased to re­port that a to­tal of 14 art­works were sold at the Kal­fiefees Art Ex­hi­bi­tion in the Mu­nic­i­pal Au­di­to­rium.

PHOTO: Karel Wig­gins

First team rugby player, Sean Cas­tle (mid-air), scores an spec­tac­u­lar try with sup­port from team­mates, Mar­nus Ham­man (left in blue) and Realdo Wil­liams (right in blue) at In­ter-schools on Fri­day 9 Au­gust. See more pho­tos on P 23.

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