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Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections. Nelson More »

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EXPERIENCE AND SHARETHEBAY THIS SUMMER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES

#ShareTheBay is a fun, interactive and exciting initiative launched by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT), encouraging locals and visitors to explore Nelson Mandela Bay this Summer Season, experiencing the treasures in and around the city, with the aim of creating a positive destination image, where local travellers have the opportunity to serve as home-grown ambassadors of the city, by sharing their experiences (posts and pictures) via social media and interactions with current and potential visitors, utilising platforms such as Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and the NMBT website.

Stand the chance of winning fantastic prizes by sharing your experience in The Bay on instagram and twitter using #ShareTheBay and #MyNelsonmandelabay. Win a stay for two at one of the destination’s fabulous accommodation facilities inclusive of breakfast. In addition Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism will supply two 5 in 1 Nelson Mandela Bay Pass cards that allow free and discounted entry into a variety of attractions and facilities in and around the Bay. You could choose from sandboarding, scuba diving, wildlife and more.

Many have embraced the trend and have taken to social media, sharing their pictures and opinions of the city, using the hash tags: #ShareTheBay and #MyNelsonMandelaBay. Here are a few of the views from enthusiastic social media users who explored some of the sights in NMB:

“What a great tour, learnt so much more from our beautiful city of @PortElizabeth Thanks Tony #Route67 #Sharethebay #mynelsonmandelabay” @KyleBuckingham

“Happiness is getting to a restaurant in #NelsonMandelaBay serving a fine cup of #Mastertons Coffee! Followed by a Delicious Tshisa Nyama at Dopparoz in the township of Kwazekhele. #ShareTheBay #MyNelsonMandelaBay” @AnjeRautenbach

“Because retail therapy is sweeter at my favourite corner of the city @walmerparkshoppingcentre Thank you #theverybest #mynelsonmandelabay” @BuliG

“Elephant showing love at the Addo National Park #sanparksopenweek #mynelsonmandelabay #sharethebay” @osoinspired

“Personalised picnic? Yes please! #sharethebay #theplantation #mynelsonmandelabay #picnic #foodie” @Queen_Nayes

The campaign goes hand in hand with the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass, a smart access card, which gives visitors free admission to an array of activities and attractions in the Bay. Among the many options to experience are: beachfront boat cruises, where visitors can enjoy up close encounters with the iconic bottlenose dolphins, sandboarding adventures at Sundays River, Addrenalin Addo zip lining, Open Sky Entertainment Park for the kids and many more activities, suitable for the entire family. The pass also offers exclusive discounts and specials at selected shopping facilities, activities and entertainment, offering users flexibility, convenience, variety and savings. A comprehensive list of adventures and experiences are available to view on the NMBT web page.

“The NMB pass not only offers travellers great value for money, but also unlocks a world of treasure when it comes to quality entertainment, site seeing, culture and unique experiences in Nelson Mandela Bay, giving both local and visiting travellers a true perspective of our city and what it has to offer. I encourage all of our visitors, travellers and explorers to get their NMB pass today and #ShareTheBay in our beautiful friendly city.” Said NMBT CEO: Mandlakazi Skefile

For a once off fee, catering to all budgets, NMBT offers a variety of pass options catering to an array of traveller needs, with 1, 2, 3 and 7 day passes available. In addition, NMBT also offers a unique 5 in 1 pass, which is valid for a period of 3 months and includes access or discounts to any 5 attractions and activities advertised.

The pass also includes a free guide to all the offers available, ensuring users receive valuable information about the products they are exploring.  Utilizing the pass is a simple and seamless process, where users simply plan their trip using their guide, present their NMB Pass on arrival and enjoy the benefits.

Be sure to get your Nelson Mandela Bay Pass and discover all the excitement that Nelson Mandela Bay has to offer, while remembering to #ShareTheBay on social media. For more information about the NMB Pass and #ShareTheBay, visit: www.nmbt.co.za or simply visit any of the visitor information centres.

-NMBT

FESTIVE MESSAGE FROM NMBT CEO: MANDLAKAZI SKEFILE

After a year of highlights and challenges, with much anticipation, the festive season has finally dawned upon us, where many of us have the opportunity to unwind and take a break from our responsibilities at work, school and home. It is a time of the year where we are able to reflect on the events that have transpired throughout the year, absorb the lessons learnt from those experiences, and improve upon them in the year ahead. Most importantly, it is a time for us to spend quality time with our family and loved ones, exploring new experiences and making memories along the way.

Amongst the variety of high and low moments experienced this year, as Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, we were able to conclude the year on a positive note, despite an array of challenges from a local, national and global perspective. However, as a city, we were able to rise to the occasion by sustaining our local economic contribution through a growing tourism sector.

As an organisation, we were able to harness our creativity and ingenuity to implement marketing strategies and initiatives that would see us accomplish the goals we set out to achieve this year. In line with the government’s objective to increase GDP growth, create sustainable jobs and promote transformation, we were able to increase tourist volume, geographic spread, length of stay and visitors spend in our city. In all our efforts to market Nelson Mandela Bay as the ideal travel and tourist destination, we have made a concerted effort to work towards transformation in the industry, where our historically disadvantaged residents may also enjoy benefits from the sector.

As much as our role revolves around attracting new visitors to our city, to experience the sights and sounds on offer, we simply could not ignore our local NMB travellers and explorers. It was for this reason that we developed #Sharethebay, a citizen’s campaign, where locals are given the opportunity to be home-grown ambassadors of the city, by utilizing social media platforms such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube to post their pictures and videos of the activities they experienced in NMB. Through this initiative, we were able to successfully increase NMBT’s reach and interactions with both current and potential visitors all over the world.

Through forged relations with DMC’s and tour operators around the country, we have yielded an increase of in experience offerings, such as the bottlenose dolphin sightseeing experience and the popular craft beer tours, which have resulted in extended stays and spend in NMB. The success generated from these initiatives has motivated us to continue our collaborations and partnerships with surrounding destinations and products, ensuring that the city always has the best to offer its guests.

Despite being a year of many challenges, there have been a number of great outcomes and success stories within the local tourism sector. This year, the city welcomed the most number of cruise ships to our shores, with visits from 24 cruise liners in total, up by 10 visits from the previous year. Huge ocean liners such as the Queen Victoria, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, carrying over 2000 passengers each, were among the many who docked at our harbour, creating an influx of tourists in and around the city.

During the course of the year, our top foreign market visitors were from Germany, UK, US, Netherlands, Australia, France and Switzerland. We also experience over 50% growth in arrivals from African countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ethiopia and Botswana. In addition, we have also seen an increase in arrivals from the East, with visitors from China, Japan and India gracing our shores on a regular basis. Despite this fact, we are increasing our efforts to attract even larger visiting numbers from the East, enabling quicker economic growth, leading to the creation of more sustainable job opportunities.

Apart from the fact that NMBT was awarded an unqualified audit report, which reflects a strong organisation with optimal functioning financial processes and systems, by PKF Independent Auditors and Chartered Accountants for the 2015/16 financial year, the organisation has also sustained and increased the local economy through tourism, with a total direct spend of R7, 311,236,872, up from the R 6,572,854,919 in 2014, which has sustained approximately 48, 373 jobs.

Despite our core focus on the fun activities and exploration, we have gone through great lengths to ensure that those who are out exploring the city this festive season, are doing so in safety, with increased presence of all law enforcement agencies around the city, including our very own Metro Police. Our residents and visitors can rest assured knowing that our city’s finest will be there to ensure that we are kept safe while enjoying the sights. Information will also be readily available at any of our tourist visitor information centres, including our tourism ambassadors, who you will spot throughout the city.

To our visitors and locals, I would like to wish each and every one of you a joyous festive season and a prosperous new year, filled with memorable and exciting experiences, on behalf of the NMBT team. We would like to encourage as many of our local residents to stay with us in NMB this festive season, and enjoy the exciting offerings in store. However, for those who are travelling, we want urge you to practice caution and safety on our long roads. An increased volume in road travel over the festive season leads to a higher risk of fatalities on our roads, so please remain alert on the roads at all times. For those staying in the Bay this year, we want to encourage you to #Sharethebay and download our upgraded NMB Travel Guide Mobile Application, where you will have access to the latest events and activities.

It has certainly been an eventful year for my team and I, constantly pushing the envelope to ensure that our city, Nelson Mandela Bay is recognised for the world class tourism destination that it truly is. As a team, we will continue to focus our efforts on growing our local economy through tourism, whilst striving towards highlighting all the activities and experiences on offer in our beautiful city.

-NMBT

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism Announces Its Travel Guide App

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) is proud to announce the launch of its newly upgraded mobile application “Nelson Mandela Bay Travel Guide”, now offering an updated user interface, improved functionality and updated information, providing users with a smooth and easy to use mobile platform, for locals and visitors alike who are eager to explore the Bay.

The upgraded NMB Travel Guide application aims to provide users with an in depth look into Nelson Mandela Bay and all the exciting activities and experiences that lie within it, serving as a constant source of relevant and updated information, such as: Upcoming Events, Things To See and Do, Accommodation, Transport, Business and Emergency Contacts and Free Wi-Fi Spots.

“Many people who will see the application for the first time would be very surprised at how much there is to do in this city, be it site seeing, heritage, amenities or entertainment, Nelson Mandela Bay has a lot to offer, and our newly updated app encompasses all there is to do in the city, in an easy to use mobile format. I would like to encourage all to download the app and start exploring today.” Shared Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile

The initiative also seeks to boost the local economy, by exposing and referring users to locally owned businesses such as restaurants, accommodation venues and shopping facilities. The application also comes with a pin point mapping system, which accurately navigates the user to the highlighted destination. Users are now able to communicate directly with a product, through various forms of communications media links (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & TipAdvisor), as well as share specific points of interest via social media and email.

Commenting on the benefits of the application, Portfolio Chairperson for Economic Development, Tourism & Agriculture, Cllr Andrew Whitfield said: “Through the utilization of technology and keeping with the times, this application not only gives visitors access to a variety of activities and experiences in Nelson Mandela Bay, but also stimulates the local economy through the exposure it provides to the business owners whose services are listed on it.”

The deals offered on the application aim to create loyalty amongst users and add great value to locals who are looking for activities in the city. Deals and special offers also benefit business owners by attracting more feet through their doors, thus stimulating the local economy.

Event organizers are able to list their events on the application and the NMBT website at no charge, enabling local events to reach a much wider target audience. To list an event on the website, visit: http://www.nmbt.co.za/member_submit_event.php

“Access to information is a form of empowerment in itself, and I believe that this will not only provide tourists with an overview of the city, but residents as well. All these factors go far in growing our local economy and creating much needed employment within various sectors of the market.”  Said Executive Director for Economic Development, Tourism & Agriculture: Anele Qaba

The application is free to download on all mobile platforms (Android, Apple & Windows), making it compatible with all mobile devices. The application is small in size (6MB), allowing a quick and easy download. For more information, contact Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism at 041 582 2575, info@nmbt.co.za or visit our website: http://www.nmbt.co.za/port_elizabeth_apps.html