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ECPTA flying the EC flag at the World Travel Market Africa

APRIL 8, 2016
ECPTA flying the EC flag at the World Travel Market Africa

The Eastern Cape province is a worthy opponent as far as the best authentic experiences go in South Africa, as such the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency together with other provincial stakeholders like the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism- Sunshine Coast Route 72, Kouga Local Tourism Organisation, Summerstrand Hotel and Nelson Mandela Museum are currently flying the Eastern Cape flag at the World Travel Market Africa showcasing the best the province has to offer.

World Travel Market Africa is the leading B2B exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel & tourism markets. Through its industry networks, global reach and regional focus, WTM Africa creates personal and business opportunities providing stakeholders with quality contacts, content and communities.

WTM Africa is underway at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and will end on April 8th.

ECPTA and partners are exhibiting for the first time at the event and are using the opportunity to connect with international buyers who comprise of tour operators, travel media and marketing specialists. The team is also using the platform to position the Eastern Cape as a year round destination with a vast range of cultural, historical, adventure and nature based activities to offer.

According to Esti Stewart of the Kouga Local Tourism Organisation, the need for the tourism industry and associated sectors to work together is key to improving the economic base of the Eastern Cape through increased tourism spend and an overall thriving and vibrant tourism industry. 

“Achieving this ideal in a world of limited resources requires that we who are active in the tourism sector, work together to benefit the Province as a whole, in doing this we are ensuring that budgets and resources are allocated to maximum impact projects, rather than many small and unrelated initiatives,” explains Stewart.

Amongst the many provincial attractions the team is sharing at WTM Africa, the following are receiving interest from those in attendance:

  • Marine Safari’s - The Bay itself is home to 50 % of the African penguin and also has the largest colony of cape gannets in the world, this is approximately 220 000 birds. On the way to the islands we also have a 90% chance of seeing dolphins and on average of about 200 to 300. In whale season whale sightings are really good, however we have other whale species in the bay throughout the year.
  • Big 7 Safari’s - We have various operators that offer big 7 safaris. Addo is the only big 7 National park in South Africa and is a short drive from the city.
  • Route 67 - Watched over by a metal cut-out of Nelson Mandela, Route 67 in Port Elizabeth is an exciting trail that combines the best elements – both historical and modern-day – of the people and culture of the Eastern Cape. It also pays tribute to Madiba’s 67 years of service to South Africans.
  • New Mohair Headquarters and shop with tours - Inspired by various natural elements and the story of the Angora goat; the striking new Mohair Industry Headquarters pays homage to the past, present and future of Mohair- a locally produced and luxurious fibre that has its brand firmly rooted in South Africa. With South Africa being the biggest producer of Mohair worldwide, the Mohair Industry took the lead in developing the Mohair Headquarters in the vibrant suburb of Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
  • The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass, a smartcard access card, provides you with free admission to a variety of attractions and activities in Nelson Mandela Bay. This includes amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more.