Johan Pieters at the International Newcastle Friendship Garden. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng.

Now you can get a passport to visit any of the 100 Newcastles in the world, thanks to Newcastle of the World Forum.

One of the Newcastles are located in KwaZulu-Natal, a thriving tourism town that attracts business and leisure visitors daily. Other countries that bears the same name include Shinshiro in Japan, Neuburg, Germany, Latvia, Malaysia and United Kingdom.

Johan Pieters, one of the South African affiliates, says the forum brings together Newcastles from around the globe to promote friendship, tourism and collaboration between these towns.

“Locals who have this passport are able to get discounted offers, from accommodation to restaurants that they can enjoy when they visit their preferred Newcastle.  

“These could be a customised programme if the visitor has any special interests – places to visit or people to meet, or special discounts from local businesses,” he adds.

To obtain a passport, visitors would need to be from a Newcastle. They can sign up for a free ‘passport’ through the website, then get in touch with the Newcastle they wish to visit. Pieters says that each Newcastle is committed to offering a personalised touch, with a warm and friendly welcome to anyone living or from an affiliated Newcastle.

They have also put together some exclusive officers, including attending a tea-making ceremony in Shinshiro, Japan, meet and greet with the Mayor of Neuburg, Germany, free chocolate gifts from Neuchâtel, Switzerland or a guided Amish tours of New Castle in Pennsylvania.

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