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We all aspire to travel and be tourists. As September is Tourism Month, an annual celebration focused on the importance of tourism in every economy, we can be a tourist in our own town and country. By being reminded to rediscover the environment within which we live, we encourage everyone to re-appreciate the reasons why we live here.

Visit Knysna, the Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO) for Greater Knysna, is launching a treasure hunt-type initiative in celebration of Tourism Month 2019, encouraging locals and visitors to Discover Our World by following clues to various locations in and around our area. “With so much to see and do here in the heart of the Garden Route, we want people to rediscover the sights, experiences and spirit of our beautiful location”, says Visit Knysna General Manager, Colleen Durant.

This activation will launch on the 1 September with clue cards being available at the Visit Knysna office at 40 Main Road, Knysna, our information outlet at the Fijnbosch Coffee Shop, 31 Main Road, Sedgefield or downloadable from our website .

Participation includes visiting at least 10 of the 18 clues on a clue card. There, take a selfie with the clue – be sure to include your clue card in your selfie – and tag @VisitKnysna and @VisitSedgefield with #DiscoverOurWorld. The initiative includes many local businesses and products who have offered specials and prizes to "discoverers" who are led by the clues to their establishments.

During the course of the month, there are prizes to be won or discounts to be issued by some of the participating products. On World Tourism Day, this being 27 September, we will end the fun with a few lucky draw prizes, hampers of locally made products, for participants that tagged correctly.

WESGRO, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s Destination Marketing Organisation, will also for the month of September be promoting special offers in the Western Cape area. Follow them on Social Media for more details: @discoverctwc

From 23 – 29 September 2019, South African Tourism will also be hosting a Sale Week with special offers from products and establishments from all over the country. Keep an eye on their website for more details: .

We challenge everyone to get out, explore, have fun and even possibly win!

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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.”


"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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