Urban Econ | Developing Buffalo City’s Tourism Game Plan
November 20, 2018
BCMDA Projects | Progress Updates
November 20, 2018

BKCOB Tourism Committee Report | Charmaine Weyers

Buffalo City Tourism is entering an interesting phase with BCM Tourism busy finalising the Tourism sector growth plan. Extensive research done by Urban Econ has been filtered through to the BCM Tourism plan for the upliftment of our facilities, services and all round tourism offering. This is great news for our city.

August sees the launch of WIT (Women in Tourism) Eastern Cape, an NGO mobilising business women, active in the Eastern Cape tourism industry. Identifying mutual growth opportunities; training, nurturing and mentoring new entrants; setting standards to improve service delivery through training and benchmarking against the best in their sector is the goal. Through networking and collaboration these women are aiming to make a difference.

For Tourism month we challenge everyone to fall in love with East London by becoming a tourist in our own city. Go on an ocean/river or adrenalin cruise right here in our harbour or on our coastline? How about horseback riding on the beach, ziplining or learn more about our wonderful heritage at the Steve Biko Garden of Rememberance or the lovely art at the elegant Ann Bryant Gallery? Tourists visiting our city love these attractions, and so should we. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.”
John C Crosby

Being an entrepreneur is challenging, particularly for those located in rural areas or townships. For this reason, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) is running a mentorship programme with the objective of giving established tourism businesses the opportunity to pay it forward. If you believe you have what it takes to help develop and mentor a small business, sign up and become a mentor and help us uplift our citiy’s tourism offering. Interested parties can contact Jacqui Austin on [email protected] / 043 743 8438.