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KZN tourism registers almost 2million visitors for 2015 festive season

  • 5 Apr 2016

Nearly two million visitors flocked to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to soak up the sun and take part in the fun festivities. which are expected to take place.

Multiple music concerts, fun family events and a vibrant nightlife can all be enjoyed in Durban and across the province during this festive season.

Head of Durban Tourism, Phillip Sithole, says the city is expected to get an economic boost of over R3 billion from the parties and events set to take place. Sithole says the R3 billion is against last year’s estimated R2.5 billion, adding that the actual cost was more than that.

According to Sithole, this year they are estimating that the economic injection that will be experienced in the festive season, will be more than R3.5 billion.

This festive season is set to be a bumper one for KZN with almost 2 million cars having already flocked into the province, exceeding last year's count by at least 10%.

There has also been an increase in occupancy in the hospitality sector with hotel bookings at over 63% capacity.

Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs MEC, Michael Mabuyakhulu, says the recent addition of four airlines has given tourism an extra boost.

SABC 24 December 2015