Knysna Tourism members hosting open days on Tourism Month

September is Tourism Month and Knysna Tourism is planning a fun-filled and informative month with activities to delight and educate residents and members alike.

Knysna Tourism CEO Shaun van Eck said his organisation is planning a variety of valuable activities for its members to join in. “At Knysna Tourism we do everything we can to make sure that our members get the most out of their membership, and our planned activities for Tourism Month prove this commitment.”

“We will be hosting fantastic activities in both Sedgefield and Knysna,” said van Eck. “Members are encouraged to take part in activities in both areas to experience the best we have to offer our members.”

Development Manager Glendyrr Fick mentioned that some events were aimed at members of both areas. “Our accommodation, activity and wellness centre members will be invited to host open days at their establishments. This will allow members to learn about each other’s products and how they are run, and should prove to be an invaluable networking opportunity.”

“We will also be hosting the first ever Knysna Restaurant Week at the end of September. Modelled on the very successful New York City Restaurant Week, restaurant members will be encouraged to offer a fixed price lunch/dinner menu (excluding beverages and gratuities) to celebrate Knysna’s unique cuisine,” said Fick. “Now in its 20th year, the NYC event attracts thousands of visitors to experience their culinary offerings. We are confident that our own event would be able to bring the same success to Knysna.”

“South African Tourism will be presenting an important workshop on marketing to the South American as well as the domestic market, we are planning to host an Activity- and Nightsbridge workshop and are working on having the president of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, Mr Louis D’Amore, present a talk to our members when he visits Knysna early in September.”

“Knysna members may also look forward to a Knysna-i-course focussing on service delivery – an invaluable course for all members of staff who deal with customers – and another exciting Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) showcase,” said Fick.

Sedgefield Tourism Office Manager Rose Bilbrough said that an i-course will also be on offer to Sedgefield members. “As this course will be focussed on Sedgefield and surrounds, it is a fantastic opportunity for any staff members to learn about their area in order to give guests relevant and appropriate information.”

“We will be hosting a Meet & Greet in Sedgefield, celebrate Braai Day a bit early and also challenge members to a potjie kos cook-out – both at Pili Pili Beach Bar,” Bilbrough explained. “We will be celebrating Masithandane’s birthday and commemorate National Heritage Day at The Venus Ear.”

“But we also want to include the public in our Tourims Month celebrations,” continued Bilbrough. “So some of our members will be offering exciting discounts and special offers to the public for the month of September – watch the press for details or contact my office for more information.”

Van Eck said that details of the various activities would be communicated directly to all members. “As you can see, we have a bumper month ahead of us, filled with activities to add value to our members’ products, making sure that they get the most bang for their membership fee buck.”

“And it is not too late for new members to sign up and take part in these fantastic events,” he said. “For more information on becoming a member, or to find out more about what we have planned not only for Tourism Month, but for the future, please contact either Glendyrr at the Knysna Tourism office at 044 382 5510, or Rose at the Sedgefield office at 044 343 2007.”

“We are committed to providing our members with the tools necessary to ensure their own success,” van Eck concluded. “And, in doing so, we ensure the success of the driving force behind our beautiful town’s economy – tourism.”

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