Mzansi is hitting the highway this festive season

Regardless of crusing by a tricky financial tide, pocket-pinching costs and record-high inflation, Mzansi is seemingly not about to cancel their journey plans.

South Africans are packing their luggage and hitting the highway to discover what Msanzi has to supply this festive season.

Regardless of crusing by a tricky financial tide, pocket-pinching costs and record-high inflation, Mzansi is seemingly not about to cancel their journey plans.

Tourism Enterprise Council of South Africa (TBCSA) CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa stated home tourism was on the rise.

“There’s undoubtedly an upward pattern,” he instructed The Citizen.

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‘2019 numbers’

Regardless of the resurgence, Tshivhengwa stated the Mzansi tourism sector continues to be attempting to bounce again from the adverse affect of journey restrictions imposed in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’re nonetheless in tourism restoration mode after Covid. We wish to attain the 2019 numbers by way of vacationer arrivals for worldwide journey,” Tshivhengwa instructed The Citizen.

On the flipside, home journey appears to be doing nicely this yr. “We’re seeing numerous South African travellers, surpassing these of 2019,” Tshivhengwa stated.

TBCSA additionally anticipates an inflow to Mzansi of vacationers from different African nations forward of the festive season.

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Trevor Noah’s Mzansi marketing campaign

TBCSA launched a marketing campaign final month in partnership with SA-born comic Trevor Noah – geared toward selling SA tourism.

Tshivhengwa stated the marketing campaign had carried out exceptionally nicely, having obtained lots impressions and viewer engagement.

“Now we have reached over 300 million views on our varied platforms,” he instructed The Citizen.

“The marketing campaign continues to be energetic, for the following three months,” he added.

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The Misplaced Metropolis

In the meantime, Solar Metropolis has reached greater than 80% occupancy throughout its motels for the December interval.

Talking to The Citizen, normal supervisor, Brett Hoppe stated home bookings have been buoyant, including that 19% of reservations have been from worldwide travellers.

Whereas the primary two weeks of December are normally quiet for the resort, Hoppe stated this yr was barely totally different, with a major inflow of friends.

“We’re optimistic concerning the festive season,” he stated.

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Like hundreds of companies within the tourism sector, the luxurious resort had taken a knock in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and needed to retrench many workers.

Hoppe described the emotional pressure of getting to let staff go, however recalled the noble promise to his staff – that he would do his greatest to recuperate the roles misplaced.

“We’re going to get again to job optimistic plus,” Hoppe stated, recounting the promise he made practically two years in the past.

Quick-forward to 2023, the supervisor’s efforts have seemingly paid off. “We’re job optimistic plus,” he instructed The Citizen.

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Brett noticed a notable change in Mzansi’s tourism developments post-Covid.

He stated there was resurgence in home journey, which he attributed to South Africans seemingly rediscovering the great thing about their nation.

The supervisor instructed The Citizen he was wanting ahead to a busy summer season interval forward.

“We’re anticipating a implausible season,” he concluded.

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