PHOTOS: Ugu South Coast Tourism hosts successful first SA Tourism speed marketing event

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Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is hosting the annual South African Tourism (SAT) speed marketing initiative with the first session held at San Lameer on Wednesday.

Through this platform, local SMMEs from various sectors of the tourism industry, accommodation, tour operators and tour guides among them, were given a platform for exposure to a bigger market. These stakeholders were able to engage directly with high-profile buyers with access to an international audience.

The buyers included some 15 travel agents and tour organisers from across the country who target the global tourism market.

Also in attendance were representatives from SAT, the Grading Council of South Africa and USCT. CEO of USCT, Phelisa Mangcu, who praised the success of the first session, explained USCT’s new strategic direction to the audience.

She said: “We are proactively positioning the KZN South Coast in the global tourism space. We want to be a ‘top-of-mind’ destination.”

The strategy involves developing the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) tourism, marketing KZN South Coast as a film destination, and promoting the many agri-tourism initiatives on offer.

The region is also becoming in-demand as a host for major outdoor, sporting and leisure events, one of which is the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series, concluding on Sunday, 22 September at Lake Eland Game Reserve.

There will be a further two speed marketing sessions hosted at Shelly Beach on Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 September at Scottburgh.

For more information, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za or Facebook: South Coast Tourism or follow on Twitter: @infosouthcoast #kznsouthcoast

Kitty Welthagen (Santana, Margate), Jaco Geel (MacBanana, Munster) and Nomhle Hlongwana (Lala Khona Guesthouse, Margate).
Natalie Abott, Jennifer Abbott (Clearwater Trails, Port Edward), Rakesh Harripersad (Saint Michaels Sands Hotel, Port Shepstone) and Akhona Malanda (Lala Khona Guesthouse, St Mikes).
Dave Page (Coral Tree Colony, Southbroom), Deanne Purtell (Realty 1, Southbroom), Derek James (Southbroom Country Club, Southbroom), Dahleen Sookdew (Saint Michaels Sands Hotel, Shelley Beach) and Kyle Naidoo (Saint Michaels Sands Hotel, Uvongo).
Rene Tobler (Wailana Beach Lodge, Ramsgate), Blessing Muraiuro (Ascot Tourism, Cape Town) and Sharon Gengan (South Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), JHB).
Thabo Mpotu (SA Tourism, JHB), Ruby Gangiah (Tourism Grading Council, KZN), Azanda Lindiwe Mbele (Tourism Grading Council, KZN) and Sharon Gengan (South Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), JHB).
Phelisa Mangcu (Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO), Thabo Mpotu (SA Tourism, JHB), Sharon Gengan (South Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), JHB) and Vanessa Gounden (Ugu South Coast Tourism, Shelley Beach).
Alina Mabote (iDube Elinhle Tours, JHB), Lungile Dipa (Umtamvuna Lodge, Eastern Cape) and Catty Goos (Go Zuid-Afrika, Cape Town).
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.
Thabo Mpotu (SA Tourism, JHB).
Azanda Lindiwe Mbele (Tourism Grading Council, KZN).

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