EC Tourism boost
By Mihle Tolobisa
R6.9million has been committed to the upgrade of tourism access roads in the Eastern Cape, according to Mlungisi Mvoko, MEC for Finance, Economic, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
Mvoko declared the Eastern Cape as a key player in tourism attractions and boosting the South African economy. The announcement was made at the launch of the Summer Campaign hosted by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) on Friday, November 30 in Kenton-on-Sea. The campaign focuses on ways to increase travel and tourism in the province.
“The province contributes immensely to the economy with job creation and economic development, so it is our duty to make sure that we work towards making it the best place to visit in South Africa,” he said.
More development is still needed to add on to the seven blue flag beaches that the province already has, which include Kariega (Kenton-on-sea), Hobie (Nelson Mandela Day) and Hamburg (between Port Alfred and East London).
The province has a had a good year with the Springboks’ Web Ellis tour, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi’s homecoming and Idols SA 2019 winner Luyolo Yiba winner placing the province in the spotlight.
Vuyani Dayimani, Chief Executive Office of ECPTA reminded citizens and role players on the paramount importance of safety and responsibility during the festive season.
An upgraded version of the ECPTA website was presented, which allows flawless navigation and added tools to help tourists and South Africans find the perfect holiday destination.