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Networking between Business, Tourism and the Overstrand Municipality

May 18, 2018
Networking between Business, Tourism and the Overstrand Municipality

The Hermanus Business Chamber held a networking session between representatives of Business and Tourism and Overstrand Municipality on Wednesday 16th May at the Moody Lagoon, Benguela Cove.

The Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee attended with his wife Shirley, Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion with her husband Craig, and Municipal Manager Coenie Groenewald with his wife Rita. 120 Business and tourism representatives  from all over the Overstrand attended – from Pearly Beach to Pringle Bay. Even two visitors from Dubai!

The theme was marketing the tourism hotspots in our area, and Overstrand Tourism Manager Frieda Lloyd did an excellent presentation about digital marketing. John Floyd highlighted the Floyd & Lloyd discovery excursions where the vehicles are sponsored by Ford and Nissan Hermanus.

As usual Chamber members donated wonderful prizes for the Lucky Draws which added to the enjoyment of the evening.

The Moody Lagoon restaurant opened its doors recently and is an amazing luxurious venue with stunning views over the Bot River Lagoon. People enjoyed the sunset before indulging in delicious food and wine.

The Hermanus Business Chamber strives for closer collaboration between Business, Tourism and Local Government to the benefit of the local economy. They also offer training sessions – currently they are inviting businesses to enroll their employees in free Service Excellence Training, presented by the Western Cape Department of Economic Development & Tourism.

More information and entry forms are available from ceo@hermanuschamber.co.za.  The training sessions will take place during June and July and provision has been made to train 200 employees. At a special Awards evening afterwards, “Service Heroes” will be announced and will receive prizes.  This project is also supported by Whale Coast tourism.

The next Chamber event will take place on the shortest day of the month: Thursday 21 June 2018 at 17:30 at Ocean Basket.  Soup & Sherry/ Wine will chase away the winter chill, and the theme will be ways of finding closer collaboration.  

Consideration could be given to an umbrella body, eg. Cape Whale Coast Chamber/Forum, where all parties can have representation, whilst retaining their unique character and role in the community.

At this event the Chamber will also do a collection of  warm clothes  for organisations like SOFCA who is caring for Frail Care elderly people from all communities. Other Madiba Day pojects will also be supported, such as the bread tag collection for recycling.

Any business person from all communities can join the Hermanus Business Chamber. Small businesses (up to 5 employees) pay R450 per year (R37 per month) and larger businesses R900 p.a.

Email Alta Pretorius at ceo@hermanuschamber.co.za for more information, or to join.

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