Lo­cal is ‘lekker’ for over­seas vis­i­tors

Vuk'uzenzele - - Front Page - Dale Hes

Res­i­dents of Ge­orge mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the Western Cape will be giv­ing over­seas trav­el­ers a night to re­mem­ber through the "Dine with a Lo­cal" ini­tia­tive.

This forms part of cel­e­brat­ing Tourism Month. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity se­lected six teams from the town­ships of Them­balethu and Pa­calts­dorp to host over­seas tourists for a three-course meal and en­ter­tain­ment.

In prepa­ra­tion for host­ing, the teams at­tended train­ing ses­sions re­lated to tourism and cater­ing.

They were taught skills in line with start­ing and run­ning their own busi­nesses, with the end goal of be­com­ing suc­cess­ful in­come-earn­ers within the tourism in­dus­try.

Nomzamo En­tile (31) who is part of the six groups leads the Ex­plore our Hood team, based in Them­balethu. En­tile estab­lished Ex­plore our Hood to pro­mote a spirit of to­geth­er­ness in Ge­orge.

“We had no­ticed that there was a di­vide be­tween the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties of Ge­orge. We want peo­ple to come into the town­ships to see that we have a vi­brant Xhosa cul­ture that they should come and ex­pe­ri­ence for them­selves,” said En­tile.

In the lead-up to Tourism Month, the team al­ready com­pleted two suc­cess­ful test runs, host­ing vis­it­ing mem­bers of the tourism in­dus­try.

“We feel ready and ex­tremely ex­cited to host over­seas tourists. We hope that this will open doors for all of us to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in the tourism in­dus­try, and that it will also show that South Africa’s town­ships have a lot to of­fer for both over­seas and lo­cal tourists," En­tile said.

Ge­orge Tourism Man­ager Joan Shaw ex­plains that the pro­gramme will show­case a va­ri­ety of cul­tures.

“Our Dine with a Lo­cal pro­gramme rep­re­sents the rain­bow na­tion, with no less than five dif­fer­ent cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences be­ing of­fered, namely Xhosa, Venda, Khoi, Cape Malay and a lo­cal ‘Snoek and Patat’ seafood ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Shaw.

“South Africa’s town­ships have a lot to of­fer for both for­eign and lo­cal tourists.”

Af­ter the din­ner even­ings, the teams will be­come fully fledged busi­nesses that pro­vide ser­vices to Ge­orge Tourism, which in turn will mar­ket and book the ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer.

Guests en­joy a test din­ner hosted by the Ex­plore our Hood Team in Them­balethu as part of the Din­ing with Lo­cals ini­tia­tive.

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