KwaZulu-Natal is expecting over R600 million into his local economy this Easter period. According to KZN Tourism, over half a million domestic holidaymakers will make their way to KZN
The Easter season which, will span over a two- week period, is expected to also attract international travellers in the region of 65 000 from United Kingdom, Germany, United States of America, France, Netherlands and India.
In a press statement by KZN Tourism, this season is expected to generate over R675 million for the economy of province from both domestic and international travellers.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Ndabo Khoza said the Easter season is a very important season for the province.
“We get a lot of holidaymakers from our key source markets like KZN, Gauteng and inland provinces keen to enjoy the last days of summer ahead of the winter season. Our hotels, particularly those along the coast, enjoy high occupancies during this time.
“KwaZulu-Natal remains a firm favourite with holidaymakers and it continues to be a great value-for-money destination that offers excellent service and activities suitable for the whole family. This year, we are expecting more international tourists with a number of airlines that now fly directly to King Shaka International Airport. We are projecting an increase of 18.7 % on our international arrivals,” he said.
TKZN has joined forces with KZN Liquor Authority, Department of Health, Sanral, South African Police Services, Road Accident Fun, Road Traffic Inspectorate and many others as part of a multi-stakeholder campaign to promote KZN as a safe destination during the season.
Holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice as the province will host a number of events across KZN to ensure that visitors have a truly exceptional holiday experience. Some of the events include:
Easter Indian Shopping Festival, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 7 – 27 April
Splashy Fan Music Festival, Underberg, 13 – 16 April
Ubunye Easter Weekend Bang at Muzuvukile Sports Ground, 14 April
The Gwara Nation, KwaNdengezi Sports Field, 15 April
Durban Picnic Day, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 16 April
Cothoza, Nongoma Gardens, 16 April
6th Annual Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Sports ground, 16 April
Indidane Maskandi Festival Pomoroy Stadium, 16 April
Handles Messiah, Opera Theatre, The Playhouse, 16 April
Greatest Zululand Music Festival, The George Hotel, Eshowe, 20 April
South Coast Bike Festival, Margate, 27 April
UMhlathuze Music Festival, Imbizo Hall Empangeni, 28 – 30 April
Durban Ski-boat Club Festival, Durban Ski-boat club, 28 – 30 April
Amabhubesi Rally 2017, Hazelmere Dam Verulam, 28 April