South Coast appeals to international audience at German dive show

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Roland and Beulah Mauz from African Dive Adventures engaged with keen international tour operators and ocean enthusiasts at the recent marine-based trade show, Die Boot Messe, held in Dusseldorf, Germany from 18 to 26 January.

The 50th edition of the trade show was hosted across 17 halls, showcasing everything from boats through to dive sites and fishing equipment. It is the largest trade show of its kind worldwide, attracting in excess of 250 000 European tourists looking for new adventures.

The KZN South Coast couple distributed flyers and highlighted the many aquatic adventures offered by the KZN South Coast, including the annual Sardine Run, whale migration, as well as the Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal dive sites. They also outlined the world-class accommodation facilities and unique hinterland experiences on offer.

CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu, said this exposure is key to attracting international tourists to the region: “USCT aims to boost our leisure and business tourism offerings beyond South African borders, and well-attended events such as Die Boot Messe serve to achieve this.”

Commenting on the experience, Roland said: “We highlighted the amazing tourism sites and infrastructure we have on the South Coast, publicising the region as one of the top holiday destinations for marine eco-friends and shark-diving enthusiasts worldwide.”

For more about the KZN South Coast, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app, visit, or follow the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page, or @infosouthcoast on Twitter using #travelsouthcoast #tourismsouthcoast #kznsouthcoast.

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