Schools are out and the summer holiday is upon us. Noticeable increases in feet at the local malls and the backlog of vehicles during peak times have been an indication of holiday makers making their way to our town.
This follows after a successful season last year, where most of the tourism businesses reported a much better or better business performance than expected during December 2013. Knysna Tourism is confident that this increase in positive business growth will continue in 2014.
The most recent statistics of the Knysna Tourism office confirmed 1713 walk-in clients between 10 and 28 November 2014 of which 1230 were international visitors. This translates into a significant direct spend within our economy via Knysna Tourism referrals.
Knysna Tourism CEO is happy to predict that: "visitors to the Greater Knysna will come back and engage with us as cyclists, paddlers, and runners and that they will enjoy our arts and culture festivals as well as business events that we have on offer throughout the year. There is no doubt that we are in for a bumper season and we assure our members that we will be capturing the demographics of these visitors and targeting them with relevant messages to ensure they return to our town again in the near future."
The tourism office is therefore geared and ready to assist the influx of visitors to Knysna and the Garden Route with longer trading hours during peak times. Ebrahim Windwaai, Knysna Tourism Information Manager confirms: "Our front office will trade weekdays from 08h00 to 18h00 and weekends from 08h00 to 14h00 – including Sundays. These trading hours will be valid from 17 December 2014 to 09 January 2015."
Marketing Manager, Johan van Schalkwyk, adds that "all the tourism platforms will be ready to assist with any information requests. Visitors are invited to tweet or comment on any of our platforms and interact with us. We want to see their fun #Knysna pictures and share in their memories of our town."
And as Knysna prepares for a busy season, safety is being geared up on all fronts by the Knysna Municipality, industry partners, local law enforcement and the South African Police Service. Says Vogt, "Knysna continues to grab the imagination of domestic and international travelers and we are ready to showcase the natural beauty of our town. Safety and access to information will be our key areas of focus as we look forward to welcoming our guests during the festive season."
For up to date information, please visit www.visitknysna.co.za. Follow on @knysnatourism or like facebook.com/visitknysna.
Knysna Tourism walk-in office on 40 Main Road is ready to assist the expected influx of visitors to Knysna during the 2014 summer holiday. From left to right: David Payle, Janine Arendse, Gloria Rozani and Ebrahim Windwaai.
Johan van Schalkwyk
Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager
+27 (0)44 382 5510
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