EThekwini Municipality is ready to host the expected 360 000 visitors to Durban over the extended Easter weekend. The influx of tourists to the City is expected to generate R870 million in direct spend and inject an estimated R1.5 billion into the City’s economy. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said over 3 100 jobs are expected to be created and sustained as a result.
“As it stands, our hotel occupancy rate is sitting at an average of 70%. We are confident that these numbers will grow as we move closer to the Easter period,” said Mayor Gumede.
She said they are optimistic that the various marketing efforts, to showcase the best Durban has to offer, will yield positive results.
“The hospitality and tourism sector play a big role in injecting billions into the economy of the City. There are also a number of new tourism products on offer in the City over the Easter period this year. This includes the Station Road precinct and a number of new restaurants in and around a number of townships and along the beachfront promenade,” said Mayor Gumede.
She added that these new products will offer visitors a variety of choices in terms of places to visit, activities to do and adventures to undertake.
“Having a wide range of activities on offer helps to extend the stay of visitors to the City. This in turn has a positive impact on the local economy of the City with an increased spend from our visitors.”
The City also has a number of major events lined up over the Easter weekend for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
“Our message to those coming to Durban for the Easter break is to immerse themselves and enjoy everything the City has to offer. We have put together a number of enjoyable packages as part of our Funseason Campaign to ensure tourists have a memorable experience in Durban. To learn more about these packages they can visit our website. Durban is the place to be this Easter,” Mayor Gumede added.
Some upcoming events planned for the Easter weekend include;
• UMhlanga Tourism Easter Festival will be held from 14 – 17 April at uMhlanga Main Beach. Call 031 561 4257 for more information,
• Explore the Gardens Easter Egg Trail will be held at the Durban Botanical Garden from 15 – 16 April at 8:30am. The cost is R35 – R90. Call 083 6277249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,
• Handel’s Messiah at 3pm on Sunday, 16 April. Tickets cost between R80-R100, call 031 369 9555 or visit Computicket,
• Durban Picnic Day will be held on Sunday, 16 April at the People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium starting at 12pm. Tickets range from R200 – R500. Call 031 582 8222 or visit Computicket.
Durban Tourism has put together a number of discounted packages from various product owners, for people visiting Durban. These can be found at the Durban Tourism website: www.durbanexperience.co.za