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Cape Town – With the aim of fostering local tourism for inclusive growth, the city’s tourism directorate organized a tour to showcase local experiences to be had in Langa.
The tour featured interactions with local entrepreneurs including local restaurant owner Jordan Ways of Cooking, Wheels on Meals and Vusa Rugby and Learning Academy and Ikhaya Lelanga.
It also showcased important landscapes, tourist destinations, social organizations and the region’s rich history.
James Vos, Mayco member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, said the goal was to ensure Capetonians can visit every corner of the city and explore its incredible uniqueness.
“The focus will be on the conversion, because from there it’s real bookings and these benefit businesses. Our mission is to ensure that Cape Town’s tourism businesses are on the road to recovery.
“We want to delve deep into Cape Town’s value proposition, the things that make the city unique, its colors and its cuisine. In Cape Town, it’s about our people, our warmth, our heritage, our culture and what we experienced on this tour is what we want to show to the world, ”he said.
Vos said that while many people perceive Cape Town as an exclusive and expensive destination, they wanted to break down these barriers to show that it was affordable, without compromising on quality.
“When we talk about inclusive growth, it’s about ensuring that businesses in the tourism value chain are on the recovery path, but it’s also about customers, buyers, travelers and we need to ensure to consider these two components of our value proposition, ”Vos said.
Ncumisa Ndlakuhlolo, who runs a three-bedroom guesthouse, said the pandemic had crippled his business.
“For six months, we didn’t work. It was difficult because it is our source of income and we could not get relief funds and it forced us into debt. At least things are starting to improve, because last week we welcomed guests for the first time after the break, ”she said.
Langa Tourism Forum President Mcebisi Mgobozi said that while there were a number of tourist destinations in the area, it was not benefiting the community.
“We have to show the positive things we do for ourselves. Langa was once a jazz house, an entertainment center and we need to showcase our talents and social entrepreneurs have a rich history that we need to build on, ”he said.