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Photo Credit: Anje Raut­en­bach Nel­son Man­dela Bay has be­come a rather pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion with lo­cals and vis­i­tors due to the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and con­ve­nience to ex­plore the city with the Nel­son Man­dela Bay (NMB) Pass Card.

Due to pop­u­lar­ity and in­dus­try de­mand this has mo­ti­vated Nel­son Man­dela Bay Tourism (NMBT) to cre­ate an elec­tronic NMB Pass to fur­ther en­hance the at­trac­tive­ness of the des­ti­na­tion.

The Nel­son Man­dela Bay Pass is a smart­card ac­cess card that pro­vides tourists with free and dis­counted ad­mis­sion to a va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties in and around NMB. These in­clude amongst oth­ers mu­se­ums, game re­serves, scuba div­ing, art gal­leries, sight­see­ing tours and many more. It also en­ti­tles the card holder to some great dis­counts in se­lected stores for shop­ping, ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and more.

NMBT CEO, Ms Mand­lakazi Ske­file con­firmed, “NMBT has re­ceived var­i­ous re­quests from tour op­er­a­tors and travel agents in­ter­ested in sell­ing the NMB Pass. Get­ting the phys­i­cal cards to them was cre­at­ing an ob­sta­cle in ac­ces­si­bil­ity. There­fore af­ter sign­ing a deal with Thomp­sons to sell and pro­mote the NMB Pass we de­cided to im­ple­ment an ad­di­tional card-less pass in the form of a voucher.”

Pre­vi­ously the NMB Pass would need to be pur­chased and col­lected in a card for­mat to en­able use. The process has how­ever been sim­pli­fied even fur­ther be­cause it can now be emailed in a voucher for­mat and works just like the phys­i­cal NMB Pass card. To trans­act the e-pass one fol­lows the same pro­ce­dures as with the nor­mal pass card. Ad­di­tion­ally the voucher will also in­di­cate ex­actly what type of pass it is, when it was pur­chased as well as when it will ex­pire. This will make it eas­ier to iden­tify if the card is still valid or not.

Through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the up­grades NMBT is fur­ther en­hanc­ing the at­trac­tive­ness of the des­ti­na­tion aligned to in­ter­na­tional trends to be mo­bile friendly and eco-friendly thus en­hanc­ing the con­ve­nience and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to ex­plore Nel­son Man­dela Bay.

There are two types of Nel­son Man­dela Bay Vis­i­tors Passes (pack­ages) namely the 5 in 1 pass as well as un­lim­ited ac­cess passes. The un­lim­ited pass rates start from as lit­tle as R200.00 for chil­dren and R300.00 for adults. The 5 in 1 NMB Pass costs R450.00 and R300.00 for chil­dren aged 3 – 12 years.

The 5 in 1 pass in­cludes any five of the at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties ad­ver­tised and can be used on any day within the 3 month pe­riod. The card user also qual­i­fies for the shop­ping and trans­port dis­counts avail­able on the pass for the 3 month du­ra­tion of the pass va­lid­ity. The un­lim­ited itin­er­ary passes are valid for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, and 7 days de­pend­ing on the pe­riod pur­chased. The un­lim­ited Pass cards are bought for a time frame and pro­vide an un­lim­ited amount of at­trac­tions to ex­pe­ri­ence in the time­frame al­lo­cated.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.nmbt. co.za or www.nel­son­man­de­labay­pass.co.za. Al­ter­na­tively con­tact the TOURISM call cen­tre on +27 (0)41 582 2575.

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