City pre­pares to host jam-packed fes­tive sea­son fun

The Witness - - NEWS - SA­BELO NSELE

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.

PHOTO: SA­BELO NSELE

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.­

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