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29/12/16

Durban ready for New Year Boom

EThekwini is ready to welcome the scores of visitors, both locals and outside visitors, who will flock to the City’s beaches and other popular hangout spots to welcome the new year.

The City expects the number of visitors to peak during this period and measures have been put in place to ensure that all our visitors will have a memorable experience during their stay in Durban.

Law Enforcement Officers including; South African Police and Metro Police Officers will be out is full force to ensure that all patrons enjoy themselves in a safe and conducive manner. Lifeguards will also be on high alert, as scores of people are expected to visit the beaches to cool down and usher in the new year.

To avoid traffic congestion, road closures around the beachfront precinct will be effected from 31 December 2016 to 02 January 2017. Only motorists with beach permits will be allowed access beyond the boom gates.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said the visitor turnout has been good this year and the City expects a huge boost into its coffers during this period as the number of visitors is expected to peak.

“So far we have seen a very positive turnout of visitors at all our facilities including township establishments. Our hotel occupancy rate has been at an average of 95%, but we are expecting this number to rise to 100% capacity during the New Year’s celebration period,” she said.

“The overall economic activity around this festive season is expected to generate an estimated R2.2 billion in direct spend, making a GDP contribution of R3.8bn into the economy of the City. Furthermore, the economic activity over this festive season is expected to sustain about 8 700 jobs,” explained Gumede.

Durban Tourism has also noted an increase in the interest and number of visitors into our townships. Inanda Heritage Route has shown a significant growth in terms of international visitor arrivals. In the 2015/2016 year, the Inanda Heritage route recorded more than 12 280 international visitors and more than 9780 domestic visitors.

A number of events are lined up in the City and other popular township popular tourism products. Some of the popular events scheduled to take place during this period are as follows:

On 31 December there will be FACT Durban Rocks at People’s Park, The Grand Finale at GrowthPoint Kings Park Stadium,8th Annual Gospel All Stars at Centrum Site, 1st Annual KwaMakhutha New Year’s Eve Music Festival at Umkhumbi Sports Ground and New Year’s Eve Musical Pyro /Sundeck Bar at Suncoast Casino.

On 01 January, patrons will be entertained at the New Year’s Day Extravaganza at Umnini Dam and Woz’eDurban at Botanic Gardens.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Deputy Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele.

For more information contact Vuyo Ndlovu on 031 311 4838, vuyo.ndlovu@durban.gov.za