PE sizzles as holiday bookings soar

Posted On December 1, 2006

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Nelson Mandela Bay‘s summer season is set to be a bumper one, with bookings for December already reaching record highs. By Monday, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism‘s call centre had made accommodation bookings of more than R1,1-million so far for December.

Economic development and tourism committee chairman Mike Kwenaite said this figure was double that of last year, as bookings at about the same time last year had only reached R445 000.

The tourism body launched its summer season programme yesterday with a beach-themed event at The Island Bar and Grill. Spokesman Phumeza Mgxashe said planned activities would be divided into categories for various ages and interests.

The main focus this year would be on four events: Christmas Carols at Happy Valley on December 15, the opening of the season at Hobie Beach on December 16, New Year celebrations at Hobie and Wells Estate beaches, and Jazz on the Square at Market Square on January 6.

A music concert is also planned for Despatch on December 23. Artists including Robbie Wessels, Danny K and Mandoza have been invited to perform.

Mgxashe said bookings showed that the bulk of tourists would come from Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. The launch also focused strongly on the city‘s three Blue Flag beaches.

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