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OVERVIEW

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is investing in tourism.

SECTOR INSIGHT • Airport arrivals numbers are growing. • A cruise liner terminal will be operational before 2020.

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ourism is one of three priority sectors identified by the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal as being the most likely to promote economic growth and create jobs. The most recent large investment in tourism infrastructure, the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), has experienced good growth since its opening in 2010. Overall passenger growth in 2017 was 6.4%, the best percentage growth performance in the national context. KwaZulu-Natal has a varied tourism offering – mountains, heritage, beaches, conventions, sports – and the tourists who enjoy visiting the province are almost as varied. In recent years, visitors from countries in Eastern Europe such as Poland have shown that there are new markets to be tapped while tourism from and to the Middle East and India has increased because of direct flights into KSIA. Emirates, Air Mauritius and British Airways are among the airlines flying into KSIA. In KwaZulu-Natal, the combined contribution of retail and tourism to GDP is 14%. Many thousands of visitors to KwaZulu-Natal arrive by road, and the statistics show that the Mooi River toll plaza bringing visitors from Gauteng Province is a vital portal, but a very important arrival method for tourists in the high end of the market is by cruise liner. A joint venture between MSA Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium will spend R175-million on the financing‚ construction‚ maintenance and operation of a cruise terminal for a 25-year concession period. The Port of Durban envisages a 32 000m² area that will cater for two ships and at least 5 000 passengers. The number of cruiseship passengers attracted to Durban grew from 42 000 in 2004/05 to 157 000 in 2010/11. South Africa attracts 0.5% of the world’s cruise-ship market which comprises about 15.4-million passengers annually. The terminal should be operational in October 2019. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

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MSC Cruises itself dealt with about 90 000 cruise passengers through Durban harbour in 2014. In the summer months the MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera sail from Durban to Mozambique and other destinations in the Indian Ocean. Another potential growth area is health tourism. Upwards of seven-million people travel the world annually for procedures, and South Africa is well placed to receive a percentage of this market. A conference held in Richards Bay in 2017 put the focus on issues such as investment, training and the development of products. One of the goals with KwaZulu-Natal tourism is to develop products to attract visitors to rural areas and to sites that are currently not on the tourist roster. The aim is to involve a broader cross-section of the population as active participants in the sector. A new and interesting project for investors is the Drakensberg Cable Car project. Thirteen technical reports have been completed and the project has now reached the stage where the private sector can invest.

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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