KZN South Coast Being Positioned as a Valuable Business Destination
Event Africa Contributor February 20, 2020 Uncategorized
The inviting coastline, world-class diving sites, variety of leisure and sporting activities as well as the entrenched cultural heritage have seen the KZN South Coast attracting local and international tourists throughout the year. But alongside the thrill-seekers and holidaymakers are the many business tourists who’ve come to discover the numerous advantages of this key business destination.
Ugu South Coast Tourism, the region’s official destination management organisation, has been focusing on the provision of business and development skills for its members, elevating both the standard of service and the overall product offering to delegates.
“The KZN South Coast boasts some of the most incredible natural scenery and outdoor activities, but we are also an emerging business destination with award-winning accommodation and conferencing facilities,” explained CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu. “Companies are realizing the value of hosting conferences and events in really appealing locations. This is beneficial in terms of attracting a high number of attendees; its more conducive to productive engagement; and it also offers event organisers with a number of really fantastic venues and activities for either teambuilding or just post-conference downtime.”
Suited to Small or Midsize Events
The KZN South Coast is ideally suited to intimate and medium-scale conferences and events. The existing venues have the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 300 delegates in cinema-style seating, and up to 400 for a banquet. It also boasts a range of high-quality accommodation options, among these are the winners and finalists of the 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards in KZN, including The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa, Days at Sea Beach Lodge, Dolfinview Self-catering Accommodation, and Umthunzi Hotel & Conference.
Oceanside Golf Courses Galore
Known as ‘The Golf Coast’, the region is also home to an impressive 11 oceanside golf courses, ranging in difficulty but all connected by immaculate keeping and quality aesthetics. For those who prefer to conduct business on the course, there is a really vibrant selection, from the ‘Grande Dame’ Selborne Golf Estate, and San Lameer, an 18-hole championship course on a magnificent nature conservancy through to the well-styled bunkers and coastal forests at Umkomaas Country Club, and captivating scenery of the Scottburgh Country Club semi-links course.
Outside of the golf course, business tourists are also able enjoy any number of recreational, leisure and sporting activities in the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom. The 120km coastline consists of 58 beaches, including several Blue Flag Beaches; hinterland excursions; cultural experiences; extreme sports activities; as well as quality dining options.
A Vibrant Calendar of Recreational and Lifestyle Events
The past few years have also seen the KZN South Coast emerging as a leading destination for high-profile sporting and recreational events which provide a fantastic opportunity for valuable corporate sponsorship and involvement. Some of the flagship events hosted by the KZN South Coast include:
- The Bike Fest
- The Uvukile Gospel Festival
- The Ugu Jazz Festival
- The Ugu Film Festival
- The South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series
Business tourists are invited to visit #kznsouthcoast for productive engagement interspersed with quality leisure events. For more information, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za; the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page or follow @infosouthcoast on Twitter using the #travelsouthcoast #tourismsouthcoast or #kznsouthcoast handles.