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One of the Western Cape’s most hotly anticipated events, the iconic Knysna Oyster Festival, will take place from 21-30 June and includes a diverse range of things to do for those looking to explore the Greater Knysna area this winter.

This year’s festival goers can expect an even bigger range of unique experiences than ever before - including everything from cycling to running, a wine festival to a pianist, fun runs and kiddies activities, and burgers to oysters in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. A full programme is attached to the release.
Visit Knysna's General Manager, Colleen Durant, adds, “This year’s Knysna Oyster Festival offers something for everyone. The community have taken ownership of the event again, which means 10 full days of exploring everything that the Greater Knysna area has to offer; whether it’s an activity that is always on offer or something set up specifically for the festival days, visitors and locals will be spoilt for choice.”

Download the Knysna Oyster Festival programme and promotions here:
Knysna Oyster Festival Programme
Knysna Oyster Festival Restaurant Promotions

This famous festival, now in its 36th year, adds to the region’s abundance of tourism activities for all ages and continues to draw local and international guests looking for adventure. Visit Knysna recently underwent a brand refresh, including a compelling and vibrant new logo, which encapsulates what this beautiful destination stands for.

“The Oyster Festival is the Knysna highlight of the year and a very valuable asset to all locals in Knysna. I am proud to see the commitment of the local community and other stakeholders to ensure that the Knysna Oyster Festival will see the 36th event take place. With a new local look and feel the this year’s event, I want to encourage all our locals and visitors alike to embrace this event. It is a vital boost to the local economy of our town during the winter months and will certainly give the town a warm glow of excitement with all the varied sports and vibrant food and entertainment events to suit the many diverse tastes of all who attend.” said Mark Willemse, Knysna Executive Mayor.

The Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schafer added: "Traditionally, the Oyster Festival has been a major tourism draw card for Knysna, creating an important economic boost in the region during the winter season. This year's event, with its new look and feel will showcase a number of the adventure, gourmand and family tourism offerings available in the area, helping to stimulate growth in the town's tourism and hospitality markets."

Knysna Oyster Festival 2019 event highlights include: iKASI Colour Fun Run on the 22nd, the FNB Family Forest Hike on the 24th, The Woodcutters Trail – a guided 3km forest walk on the 25th, the Lofts Atrium’s “out of this world” craft gin and food experience on the 27th and Turbine Hotel’s “Liquid Sunsets”, with live music on the 28th.

Wesgro’s CEO, Tim Harris, praised the Knysna Oyster Festival and the Knysna tourism sector for helping create a world-class destination that adds significantly to the tourism economy of the Western Cape. "Tourism is a key economic driver in our province, supporting over 300,000 jobs. Events like these are a critical part of this tourism offer, and we thank all stakeholders who are involved in making this a success. We are incredibly excited about this year's Knysna Oyster Festival, and we encourage everyone who loves

Knysna as much as we do to go and visit during this exciting time. It promises to be the coolest winter break yet!"
Travellers are encouraged to visit the official website, www.knysnaoysterfestival.co.za, to explore the calendar, discover more and book to experience the festival of all festivals.

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An annual highlight on  the Western Cape events agenda is the Knysna Oyster Festival.

Established in 1983, it  has been decided that it is fitting to celebrate the 36th  Anniversary by introducing a new look and feel for the event.

“As Visit Knysna is tasked with event  promotion on behalf of Knysna Municipality, we felt that the time was right to re-energise the Knysna Oyster Festival look and feel and share it with the local tourism industry. A new identity allows for everyone to feel a part of  something new,” commented Colleen Durant, General Manager of Visit Knysna who boasts 18 years of tourism industry experience.

“A key drive for us will  be to promote the many tourism experiences on offer in the greater Knysna area,  creating awareness for festival goers on what is available to do in the five day gap between the cycling and running races,” said Durant.

To encapsulate the multi-faceted  nature of the festival, the logo has been re-imagined to capture the plethora  of experiences on offer at the event. Sticking to the theme and celebrating the  key protagonist – the oyster – a multi-coloured, oyster shaped logo has been  created, with a colour designated to each experience on offer. This provides  for further marketing collateral to be developed around a particular event  experience, which will be identifiable by the colour.

Continuing the look and  feel will be a dedicated Knysna Oyster Festival website, which will contain all  relevant event information and partner details and experiences on offer in the  greater Knysna area. To drive support and create pre-event hype, a traditional  media, social media and digital campaign will be launched – driving audiences  to the new website. A marketing campaign will also be created to support the  overall awareness of the festival.

“The new creative  direction will assist in re-positioning the festival in the hearts and minds of  locals and potential visitors. We are pleased to see the work that Visit Knysna  is already doing to move ownership of the festival back to the community,  highlighting the variety of experiences on offer in the greater Knysna area. We  look forward to seeing the roll-out of the marketing initiatives and hope to  see re-newed interest from a diverse range of visitors at the 2019 event,” said Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.

Minister of Economic  Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, commented: "The annual Knysna Oyster Festival is an important  fixture on the Western Cape and the Garden Route's events calendar, providing a  major boost the economy and job creation in the area. A new look and feel  for the event will not only make it easier for visitors to access information about the many activities on offer, but will also assist in marketing the  festival to new visitors, boosting the tourism sector."

Visit Knysna, a division of the  Wesgro's Destination Marketing Unit, has been mandated by Knysna Municipality  to assist with local tourism promotion and visitor services for the Greater  Knysna area. Visit Knysna is based on 40 Main Road, Knysna.

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Plans for this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour are on track and online entries will open on 1 March 2019. The event will take place in the scenic Garden Route town over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.

The tour is one of the iconic sporting events of the festival and has been running for over 30 years.

Andrew Finn, marketing director for the Knysna Cycle Tour, said that the 2019 event will provide an exciting weekend of cycling for the whole family. “The main events - the MTB Races, the Road Races and the SPUR Children’s fun ride - will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour,” said Finn.

“This year we’ve relooked at our routes and made some exciting changes, particularly to the longer road race for elites and experienced roadies, which is also a seeding race for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour. This 104 km route is much more scenic now with the inclusion of Buffalo Bay and a section of the historic Seven Passes road between Barrington and Karatara, a 3 km stretch of gravel road.”

With a total ascent of 1,588 m and a maximum elevation of 239 m, the 104 km road race route will also be more challenging than ever.

Says Finn: “The route will take riders on a thrilling, scenic adventure through one of the most picturesque sections of the Garden Route, revealing stunning views of ocean and beach, mountains and pristine forest along the way.”

The 50 km road race will follow the same route as previous years, from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

There are also some changes to the MTB events which consist of two premier races – the 80 km race for elite riders and the 50 km event for experienced MTB cyclists – and two family events - the 30 km and 15 km rides.

“This year, three of these events have been reinvigorated with changed to the routes and new challenges,” enthuses Finn. “The premier events will have more sections in pristine forest areas and more single track. Both these races as well as the 30 km race will descend via Eastford to the Oakhill School cycle track, thus avoiding the SImola Hill descent.”

The route for the 15 km race, which was introduced in 2017, will remain the same. This race is for children under 16 and their families. Both the 30 km and 15 km races will be priced for families, with only one adult in the group paying the full price and the others paying just 50% of the entry fee.

Says Finn: “We are very excited by our new routes. We wanted to make the events more challenging for both those competing in the Cycle Tour for the first time, as well as our regular participants and I think we’ve succeeded. These races are set to become iconic, bucket-list events on the national cycling calendar.”

The third event of the weekend is the Children’s Fun Race on Sunday 23 June for kids aged 10 and under. This popular race will take place on the Knysna High School sports field in three age group categories: 2-4; 5-7; and 8-10. There will be goodie bags for all entrants and medals for all finishers.

The Knysna Cycle Tour is organised by local volunteers and is the biggest fundraiser for Knysna Rotary, raising substantial amounts of money for local charities every year.

All events can be entered online. Race packs should be collected in Knysna at Registration on Friday 21 June for all events and on Saturday 22 January for the road races and the children’s race.

For more information and to enter online, visit www.knysnacycle.co.za. Follow the Knysna Cycle Facebook and Twitter pages for regular news and updates.

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The most glamorous period in motoring history will be given pride of place at this year’s Knysna Motor Show, which will be held for the eighth successive year in the heart of some of best driving roads in South Africa.

This year a number of marques are being honoured by special celebrations of their centenaries, and cars from this period on display will include the halcyon era between 1925 and 1940.

Think The Great Gatsby, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and the unspeakably elegant cars that they drove, and you will be on the right track!

However, other important eras and genres in the classic car field will be equally prevalent. The 2018 Knysna Motor Show drew a record number of over 400 vintage and veteran machines, classic cars and motorcycles and modern supercars, and once again the organisers are aiming for a turn-out of this magnitude.

Last year’s event drew a record number of over 8 000 spectators and this year the organisers, the Garden Route Motor Club, are on track to surpass that figure.

“It’s never been just about the numbers,” says Peter Pretorius, Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club and principal organiser of The Knysna Motor Show.

“Primarily the focus is to put on the best classic show possible. And judging by reports from the past two years at least, I think we are working in the right direction.”

Indeed, there are many enthusiasts who believe that already the Knysna Motor Show surpasses anything else on offer in South Africa. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly the cars on show are present by invitation only, which means the quality of exhibited cars is very high. Secondly, by making the show an invitation-only event for owners to display their cars, the organisers can establish a fine mix of exhibits from the various genres of classic, vintage and veteran machinery resident in South Africa.

Another reason that the Knysna Motor Show is so eagerly anticipated is that various new themes within the show are introduced at each succeeding event, ensuring that it is fresh, even for people who have attended many of the preceding seven shows.

This year, for instance, will see the anniversary celebrations of a number of great marques. It is known that there will be an extremely impressive display of Bentleys celebrating the great British marques centenary this year. Another British make that will be similarly honoured is Morgan, which celebrates 110 years of being one world’s most exclusive sports car manufacturers.

The Knysna Motor Show is held in traditional holiday season in the Garden Route, and is also attractive to out of town visitors as it is held the weekend before the Knysna Hill Climb, so many enthusiasts take in the show before staying on for a holiday to enjoy the hill climb the following weekend.

This also applies to owners of vintage machinery from destinations far away from Knysna, and last year the show drew a number of exhibitors from as far afield as Johannesburg, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

A unique part of the show’s huge appeal to enthusiasts and public alike is that it is held in very beautiful surrounds bordering on the Knysna Waterfront, on the sports fields of the Knysna High School. The area is easily able to accommodate around 400 cars and motorcycles, as well as extensive hospitality and food and beverage areas, and also includes specialised displays for companies associated with the classic car fraternity.

For the third year in a row the show will have Sanlam Private Wealth as a headline sponsor.

“The show is organised primarily for the pure and simple pleasure of seeing these wonderful cars and motorcycles on display in such congenial surroundings,” said Peter Pretorius.

“However, our secondary objective has always been to raise money for local charities. We are very proud to announce that over the past years we have raised a total of well over half a million rand for local charities with the Knysna Motor Show, and we aim to add to that figure substantially with proceeds from the 2019 event at the end of April.”

The Garden Route Motor Club has already been organising this year’s show for many months. However, the organisers are pleased to announce that owners of exceptional vintage, veteran and classic cars, as well as classic motorcycles and rare modern supercars, are still able to apply for entry in this year’s show.

Interested car owners should submit their details, as well as photographs of their machines to Peter Pretorius by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

However, as far as spectators to the show are concerned, there is no hint of exclusivity! It is a motor show fair for the whole family. The 2019 Knysna Motor Show is a one day event that runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds.

Contact details are: Peter Pretorius, email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by cell phone on 082 321 4724. For more information, go to the Garden Route Motor Club’s website on www.grmc.co.za

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Today, Wesgro signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Visit Knysna, a division of Wesgro, and Knysna Tourism Association.

The signing of the MOU follows the successful signing and implementation of the Service Level Agreement, signed between Wesgro and Knysna Municipality last month.

A non-negotiable condition from Wesgro in responding to the initial request from the municipality to assist with tourism promotion for the Greater Knysna area was that the service be delivered with the support of the tourism industry from the area.

The relationship between Visit Knysna and the industry would be through a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Visit Knysna, Wesgro, Knysna Tourism Association (an industry body formed through the amalgamation of Knysna Tourism NPC and Knysna Accommodation Association) and Knysna Municipality. This relationship would be governed through the MOU.

“We recognise that there are significant benefits that can be gained through the development of a collaborative approach for tourism promotion for the Greater Knysna area. The aim of the MOU is to achieve improved awareness and attractiveness of the greater Knysna area to both local and international visitors. This contract will in no way affect delivery of our existing long-standing mandate to promote tourism for the Western Cape, and with it every region, town and attraction across the province,” commented Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.

The objective outlined within the MOU include:

  • developing an agreed upon brand and marketing strategy – input and insight for this will be developed through working groups with the help of the local industry and the Steering Committee;
  • sharing of relevant information, knowledge, resources and marketing strategy for the benefit of the greater Knysna tourism industry; and
  • platform for industry concerns to be tabled and potential solutions to be provided to assist the local industry.

“We can only build from here and create increased awareness of our destination and tourism offering. We as both tourism and business people need to work together to make our area a success. It is important that our Municipality invest in our town and surrounding areas, making the greater Knysna area even more desirable as a preferred tourist destination. I want to thank my committee for all their hard work this year and look forward to continuing our efforts to promote the region in 2019,” commented Albert Lombaard, the Chair of Knysna Tourism Association.

Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for tourism added: “Leveraging our network, skills and access to research - we believe the combination of support from the municipality, the strength of the local tourism industry, and the destination marketing experience of Wesgro will make this new arrangement success for the area.”

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, concluded: “All parties to this MOU have the best interests for tourism in the Greater Knysna area, and its signing cements the partnerships that will help to develop and grow tourism in the region. We believe that going forward, it will provide certainty in the industry as well as a forum where issues can be collaboratively worked on, and solved.”

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The Department of Tourism through the International Market Access Support Programme (IMASP), invites eligible tourism enterprises to apply and participate at the South African Tourism pavilions at:

  • Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019 to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 28 April – 01 May 2019.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), is the leading global event for the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry for the last 25 years. The event generates more than $2.5 billion of travel industry deals.

For enquiries kindly contact:                                                                                 

Ms Phumeza Manzi

Tel: 012 444 6272

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Ms Modjadji Malatji

Tel: 012 444 6590

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  • IMEX Frankfurt 2019 that will be taking place in Frankfurt, Germany from 21-23 May 2019. More than 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the worldwide meetings industry come together in Frankfurt each year. You’ll meet national and regional tourist offices and convention bureaus, major hotel companies, conference and exhibition venues, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, technology providers, event management specialists and many more.

For enquiries kindly contact:                                                                                        

Ms Shereen Gurannah  

Tel: 012 444 6648

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Ms Modjadji Malatji

Tel: 012 444 6590

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Should you be interested in attending 1 or both shows please contact the Visit Knysna Tourism Office at 40 Main Road Knysna or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will forward the applications forms as well as the IMASP Application Form and Guidelines directly to you.  

  • Please note: Closing date for applications: 31 January 2019, 16:00pm
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Visit Knysna will be exhibiting at the annual Vakantiebeurs 2019 in Utrecht in the Netherlands from 9 to 13 January 2019.

Boasting up to a hundred thousand travel enthusiasts in the past, the event supplies exhibitors with a prime opportunity to interact directly with consumers and tour operators looking for a great holiday destination.

Visit Knysna will join a strong contingency from the Garden Route, made up of local tourism offices such as George and Oudtshoorn and local products, who together will showcase the diverse range of experiences one can enjoy while travelling to the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.

South African Tourism traditionally invites Dutch and Belgium travel specialists to specially meet with the exhibitors from South Africa, giving them the opportunity to have an exclusive view of the product  offering.

Visit Knysna encourages the tourism industry in the Greater Knysna area to join the team in showcasing the unique travel experiences on offer in the area at the show.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “Data indicates that 104,871 tourists from the Netherlands travelled to  Western Cape in 2017, with a 8.3% year on year growth recorded between 2016 and 2017. It  will be beneficial for the Greater Knysna area and other participants from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo to partake in this trip to promote the regions diverse offering and boost numbers in the upcoming year.””

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, commented: "The Dutch market was one of the top ten travel source  markets for the Western Cape in 2017 and the Vakantiebeurs show is an exciting  opportunity to showcase the Greater Knysna area and the Garden Route and Klein Karoo to the consumer market. Last year, the show attracted over 100 000 consumers, and any companies based in the Greater Knysna area exhibiting will therefore be able to  appeal and connect with a wide base of potential new customers.”

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"It is important for the Greater Knysna area to establish itself in the market by broadening our market base.  This platform will aim to achieve just that by showing what makes the Greater Knysna area a unique and must see destination when  visiting South Africa. I want to encourage exhibitors from the Greater Knysna area to take this  opportunity and utilise this platform which has been created by Wesgro, to show  off what makes them so special," concluded Knysna Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse.

 

Visit Knysna, a division of the Wesgro's Destination Marketing Unit, has been mandated by Knysna Municipality to assist with local tourism promotion and visitor services for the Greater Knysna area. Visit Knysna is based on 40 Main Road, Knysna.

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Yesterday, Executive Mayor Mark Willemse and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, officially opened the annual ‘Knysna Loving Local Collective Pop-Up Shop’.

Infamous as a creative hub along the Garden Route, the Pop-Up has been running for 9 years. Boasting arts, crafts, food and beverages made from locally sourced materials, all products on display are created by disadvantaged and differently abled individuals in the district.

Launched in time to capitalise on the many holiday makers exploring the route for the festive season, Harris commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the ‘Knysna Loving Local Craft Collective’ on this innovative initiative creating opportunities in the district. The annual Pop-Up is one of many ways that the Municipality is bringing locals into the tourism sector, creating a platform for creatives to showcase and sell their wares.”

To ensure the high standards of the market are upheld, the Cape Craft Institute issues an announcement calling on submissions from crafters in the greater Knysna area to take part in the Pop-Up market.

A Craft Selection Committee - consisting of a representative from Knysna Connect, African All Sorts and Knysna Visitor Information Centre - vet all submissions to ensure good quality and aesthetically pleasing products are showcased for the season. Together, the committee have more than 30 years experience with the production, procurement and merchandising of craft.

“This year we had 17 submissions, all of which met the high standards required to be a part of the Pop-Up,” says Glendyrr Fick who has served on the selection committee for the past 9 years.

Fick added, “Should we receive submissions that don’t meet the requirements, we advise crafters to take part in our Craft Developmental Programme which provides mentorship on how to refine their offering.”

Showcasing his wares at the 2018 Pop-Up is Paarl born Knysna raised Eugene Lewis. Lewis is the owner, artist and maker of Tribal Africa - a small local craft business specialising in the design and manufacturing of unique ceramic figurines. Joining Tribal Africa in 1997 as a young apprentice, three years later in 2010 Lewis brought the business through the assistance of Knysna Municipality’s SMME incubator programme, and with it the exclusive rights to manufacture Tribal Africa’s distinctively styled, design-patented figurines.

“Visit Knysna has played a strong role in helping me take my products to market historically - through displays in the information centre and facilitating participation in other events such as Design Indaba,” commented Lewis.

Relaunching Tribal Africa this year, Lewis added, " The opportunity to have my product on display and for sale in a formal, professional retail environment feels like a real privilege. Typically, most crafters have to rely on local markets and a handful of curio stores in the town to drive sales and it is very difficult to break into either of these as a new supplier. With my display and stock at Loving Local this year I am able to begin to see my dream for Tribal Africa unfold.”

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverly Schafer, commented: “SMMEs have the potential to help us solve the unemployment crisis in our country, and this initiative creates a supportive ecosystem in which these small businesses can display their work to visitors from around the world. I urge all visitors to Knysna this holiday season to buy local and help grow our creative economy and our small businesses.”

"I want to encourage our local community as well as all our much valued visitors to support this wonderful initiative and visit this Pop-Up store in support of our local businesses and entrepreneurs. It is a fantastic way to grow our local talent and support local economic development in Knysna," concluded Mark Willemse, Knysna’s Executive Mayor.

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Today, Wesgro exco members visited Knysna and Sedgefield to review the work done after the first month of the contracted relationship with local government to provide local tourism promotion for Knysna municipality.

The team was satisfied with the progress made in the month since the Service Level Agreement (SLA) was signed including:
• the appointment of an acting General Manager and three fixed term contract staff members running the operations in the Visit Knysna visitor centre;
• setting up of office backend and administration requirements including IT, HR and compliance;
• finalisation of the short list for candidates for the role of the General Manager of Visit Knysna and setting up of interviews;
• the printing of two format maps (fold up and tear off) for local businesses and visitors to use during season;
• meeting with various local tourism partners;
• planning the brand and marketing strategy consultations for week commencing 10 December 2018; and
• structures to join planning around the events for e.g. The Knysna Oyster Festival.

The SLA provides for a brand strategy to be tabled by 1 January 2019, so the next month will involve comprehensive consultation with the industry and stakeholders, starting with excellent previous tourism work tabled by Hunt Lascaris and the municipality.

As discussed with the tourism industry in Knysna and Sedgefield today, the working name for the operation promoting tourism in the town will be "Visit Knysna”.

As per the SLA, this operation will be a division of Wesgro run from Knysna by Marcia Holmes – who has been appointed as the acting General Manager while recruitment for a permanent appointment is under way.

Following today’s meetings with the Knysna Tourism Association and the Sedgefield Ratepayers Association, we are moving towards finalising one or more Memoranda of Understanding with tourism industry bodies to make sure that tourism promotion for the greater Knysna area is delivered in alignment with the tourism industry.

“With only one month since the signing of the SLA, we are pleased to report that the team at Visit Knysna have started to deliver on our commitment of promoting tourism in Knysna and Sedgefield. Our first order of business this past month was to ensure the tourism office at 40 Main Road is open and ready to sell the destination as part of a renewed effort by the tourism industry, the municipality and Wesgro to promote all the destination has to offer,” said Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.

Following the meeting in Sedgefield, Harris - and Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for Tourism - officially launched the "Knysna Loving Local Craft Collective" Pop-Up Shop at the Tourism Office on 40 Main Road.

The Pop-Up boasts arts, crafts, food and beverages made from locally sourced materials with many products on display created by disadvantaged and differently abled individuals in the district.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the "Knysna Loving Local Craft Collective" on this innovative initiative creating opportunities in the region. The annual Pop-Up is one of many ways that the municipality is bringing locals into the tourism sector, creating a platform for creatives to showcase and sell their wares,” added Harris.

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Media enquiries:

Sarah Brownlee
Media Relations Officer, Wesgro
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Organisers of the 2019 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Knysna Forest Marathon have confirmed that plans for next year’s events are on track. The Cycle Tour will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, and the Forest Marathon will be on Saturday 29 June. as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.

The events are the iconic sporting events of the festival and both have been running for over 30 years as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.

Andrew Finn, marketing director for the Cycle Tour, said that the 2019 event will provide a stunning family cycling weekend. The main events, the MTB event, the Road Race and the Children’s fun ride will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour.

Says Finn: We are looking at redesigning our 15km and 30km MTB events to make them more family friendly and adding more single track to our longer MTB courses.  We’ll announce these changes in due course.”

Wayne Kidd, President of the Knysna Marathon Club and coordinator of next year’s Forest Marathon, said that online entries for the marathon will open for Loyalty Entrants (all 2018 participants) on 15 February 2019 and general online entries for the full and half marathons will go live on 4 March.

“We’re looking forward to another great event,” said Kidd. "This event is one of the most popular races on the national running calendar and there is nothing that beats the uniqueness of an early winter morning start in the middle of the Knysna forest. There is something very special about this race that keeps runners coming back every year. It’s one of those bucket list events that every runner wants to tick off and then, once they do it, they just want to come back and do it all over again.”

Both events are organised by local volunteers and raise substantial amounts of money for local charities every year.

For more information about the Knysna Cycle Tour, visit www.knysnacycle.co.za and follow their Facebook and Twitter pages.  Follow the Knysna Forest Marathon on Facebook for regular updates or visit www.knysnamarathonclub.co.za.

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