In celebration of World Tourism Day, Skål Garden Route will host tourism stakeholders from across the country at Sedgefield’s Scarab Village on Thursday, September 25 in their Tourism and Skills Development Expo.
This festive Expo will have numerous events aimed at entertaining both the public and tourism stakeholders. It will not only display South Africa’s tourism industry, but is further an opportunity for all to see holiday destinations that are available and to view student career choices within tourism.
Knysna and Partners (previously known as Knysna Tourism) CEO, Greg Vogt is delighted that this mini Indaba will be held in Sedgefield. “The Greater Knysna area incorporates Sedgefield and these Tourism month celebrations affords us the opportunity to confirm Sedgefield’s place as – ‘Sedgefield, the Slow town of Knysna’. This Skål initiative will afford us the opportunity to communicate our key messages to the market, including our well positioned heritage and cultural experiences that have gained traction to become substantial players within our product mix, thus strengthening our competitive advantage.”
In keeping with World Tourism Day, celebrated on September 27, this event aims to foster awareness among South Africans of the importance of tourism as well as its social, cultural, political and economic value.
Skål International, known to be the trusted voice in travel and tourism through professionalism and friendship, currently boasts a membership of 17 500 all who are involved in the business of tourism has thrown its support behind this Tourism and Skills Development Day.
Pam Snyman, Skål Garden Route member explained: “Because most tourists travel throughout South Africa – we believe tourism should adopt the concept of selling forward. This means that we become more efficient and are to offer excellent service to the tourist.
This concern over the lack of knowledge and skills in tourism in other centres and even our own, has afforded Skål International the opportunity to put the wheels into motion and create a platform to showcase destinations within the South Africa. Our aim is for the youth to benefit from the vast knowledge and passion of these stakeholders.”
In partnership with the Western Cape Economic Skills and Development and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (both Saasveld and Port Elizabeth campuses) Skål Garden Route will include the youth in this exciting Tourism and Skills Development Expo to ensure that they are guided into choosing from the numerous sectors of the Tourism market to launch their careers.
“This is a pilot project in which the tourism industry wishes to share its skills with the youth of today. We are hoping that this project will be embraced by Skål International, and ultimately benefit not only the youth, but the corporate tourism market as well,” concluded Snyman.