City prepares to host jam-packed festive season fun
PIETERMARITZBURG is gearing up to host over 40 events during the festive season.
Yesterday, Msunduzi Municipality launched the “Capital festive drive”, unveiling a calendar of events during December. The events, which include music concerts, farmers’ markets, cookouts and guided park tours, will be held between this weekend and the new year.
PMB Tourism director Dumisani Mhlongo said these events were increasingly becoming part of the city’s tourist attractions so the association had pulled together a calendar highlighting local events.
He said events increase tourist traffic, encourage tourism spending and build the identity of the city as a tourist destination and contribute to civic pride.
Mhlongo said some of the events were generating millions of rands for the economy of the city.
“In 2015, Art in the Park generated R15 million in five days,” he said.
Tourism manager Gugu Mvelase said the city had branded itself as an events city due to the many events that take place even when it is not the festive season.
Preceding the events will be the SA Local Government Association games which will be held this weekend and the last events will be new year bashes.
Mayor Themba Njilo said hotels and bed and breakfasts were already fully booked for the games.
Njilo said the city had improved on cleanliness to impress the tourists.
“We used to be called the filthiest city but we have since improved and we are going to hire more workers to help improve the situation,” he said. The calendar will be available at Tourism Hub for members of the public.
Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo and Pietermaritzburg Tourism head Dumisani Mhlongo handing out calendars of events to be held in the city during thefestive season to commuters and vendors at the Market Square taxi rank yesterday.