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Dear Valued Media Colleague

 

You are cordially invited to the British Airway inaugural flight media launch , led by MEC Zikalala, British Airways senior management and Ethekwini Mayor, Councilor Zandile Gumede. Please see alert below. The details are as follows:

 

Date: 30 October 2018
Venue: Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga
Time: 10:30 am
Please RSVP before 26 October 2018

Rsvp to Tankiso Moshoeshoe on rsvp@fbicommunications.com  (0827876987/0793176850

 

Media Alert

24 October 2018

MAJOR TOURISM AND INVESTMENT FILLIP EXPECTED FOR KWAZULU-NATAL THROUGH DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM LONDON

KwaZulu-Natal’s drive to grow tourism and attract much needed direct foreign investment is expected to move up a gear when the province formally welcomes the arrival of the inaugural British Airways direct flight from London into the King Shaka International Airport next week.

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala, accompanied by the Mayor of eThekwini Councillor Zandile Gumede will be part of the momentous occasion by officially welcoming the aircraft upon its touchdown at the King Shaka International Airport.

Commenting ahead of the route launch, Mr Zikalala said KwaZulu-Natal government expected major economic and tourism spin-offs.

“This direct route comes at a time when we are working hard to grow the tourism impact on the province’s GDP to between R65 billion and R98 billion over the next two years. We believe this would guarantee the realization of our target of creating 183 000 direct jobs over the same period.”

The province of KwaZulu-Natal has set itself the ambitious target of  attracting no less than 3.4 million international visitors by 2030, added the MEC.

“We are optimistic about this prospect especially when considering that Britain has become our intimate market. This direct flight willl therefore further cement existing relations and, more importantly, make travel more effortless for both leisure and business travellers alike.”
MEC Zikalala said the province also had plans to increase its share of domestic tourism.
“On the domestic front, we intend increasing our market share to 16.3 million by 2020 and 24.1 million by 2030.”

Mr Zikalala added that the direct route would assist the province to achieve its goal of attracting investments. “We have just packaged a list of investment opportunities worth more than R270 billion. We have no doubt that we will soon see even more United Kingdom based investors coming to view these opportunities and invest.”

Members of the media are cordially invited to cover the official launch media briefing which will be led by MEC Zikalala, British Airways senior management and Councilor Gumede. The launch is scheduled to take place as follows:
Date: 30 October 2018

Venue: Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga
Time: 10:30 am
Please RSVP before 26 October 2018

Rsvp to Tankiso Moshoeshoe on rsvp@fbicommunications.com  (0827876987/0793176850

ISSUED BY THE KWAZULU-NATAL MINISTRY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

 

Images of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 

 

OPINION PIECE BY MEC SIHLE ZIKALALA

KWAZULU-NATAL TO BENEFIT SUBSTANTIALLY FROM BRITISH AIRWAYS’ DIRECT FLIGHTS CONNECTING LONDON AND DURBAN

By Sihle Zikalala

When the English sailors led by Captain John Adams spent time in Durban after their boat was withered by a storm in 1685, little did they know that their short stay would lay a foundation for enduring ties between their country and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

On Tuesday next week, our province will be cementing these historical ties when we formally welcome the arrival of the inaugural British Airways’ direct flight to KwaZulu-Natal that would land on our modern King Shaka International Airport on the north of the coastal city of Durban.

The historic occasion will mark the start of a three times a week non-stop service connecting KwaZulu-Natal and the United Kingdom’s City of London, which is one of the world’s tourism and financial capitals.

Reinforcing KZN relationship with Britain

Having direct flights between these two major metropolises will be beneficial to our province in many ways. Besides a raft of tourism and economic benefits we expect to gain, KwaZulu-Natal will be reinforcing ties with the United Kingdom which have evolved for centuries.

When we speak of the relationship that exists between us, we do so without overlooking the fact that the UK is currently South Africa’s fourth largest trade destination, with approximately 25% of foreign direct investment in South Africa originating from Britain.

Coupled with the fact that the UK also has a track record of diversified investment in South Africa focusing across various sectors, this means that the association between us is one of strategic and paramount interdependence.

But zooming into the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, we also find a number of government and business partnerships that owe their existence to the afore-mentioned thriving collaboration.

The British Airways inaugural flight also marks an important milestone in the development of the Durban Aerotropolis, which is premised on a globally connected King Shaka International Airport that links travelers, commodity suppliers and buyers to international markets.

The Durban Aerotropolis which is a new urban environment developing around an aviation complex, the state of the art King Shaka International Airport, is poised to enhance urban and national competitiveness through improved multi-modal transport access that is aligned to air traffic that guarantees convenience and speedy movement of export and import products and as well as passengers of different definitions such as entrepreneurs and tourists.

Therefore direct air services and connectivity to the major global tourism and aviation hubs like London are a pre-requisite for the development of the proposed aerotropolis initiative to facilitate the movement of people and cargo between the province and Britain.

It is not surprising that members of the tourism industry rejoiced when we announced the new direct route to London.

Brits are a ready made market of tourists

This is because the British market provides a reliable and sustainable stream of holiday-makers that we are confident would contribute significantly to our efforts to growth the tourism industry in this province as it has capacity to generate more business and employment opportunities for our people.

The current exchange rate further enables British visitors to stay longer in their tourism destination whilst possessing considerable buying power to bolster the local economy across various sectors.
The combination of high levels of disposable income and the advent of having long annual leaves, make the Brits an ideal market for any tourism destination. The United Kingdom has consistently, over the past ten years been one of the top three markets for South Africa and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal is capitalizing in this experience.

It is pleasing that companies and corporates which are based in this province and whose head offices are in Britain, were reportedly and equally ecstatic when the provincial government and the British Airways announced the new route at Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban in May this year.

Britain is making concerted effort to increase inbound tourists

To demonstrate their enthusiasm and excitement, some big corporates had planned to sponsor 100 UK business VIPs and influencers to fly to Durban over the next year to be able to sample the local market so that they would be able to spread the gospel about the best tourism products and attractions KwaZulu-Natal could offer to the British holiday-makers and potential investors to the hospitality and travel industry.

The hotel groups and tour operators have not been idle either. They have come up with various packages including illustrations with respect to where to go and what to do-to, which helps to encourage visitors to fly direct to the coastal province.

We are therefore delighted that our economy would certainly benefit handsomely from this travel arrangement as we all appreciate that the Brits are amongst highest spenders in the world – thanks to their formidable pound sterling compared to local currencies.

On average, the UK contributes around US$64 Billion in tourist spend globally. This makes the island country, the fourth largest global spender in terms of tourism products and services.

With KwaZulu-Natal renowned for its favorable climatic conditions, that appeal most to visitors from the generally cold northern hemisphere, we are confident that the British travelers would find the eastern sea-board province attractive and marketable back home to their fellow compatriots and friends.

Why the Brits like KZN

According to South African Tourism’s observation of the UK Tourists over the years, it has been found that that a British holiday-maker prefers good weather, sun and beach, touring holidays – interesting sights, enjoyable scenery and visiting cities.
This is indeed a short and precise description of what KwaZulu-Natal could offer to our British friends. We have an array of other attractions besides the warm, colorful and sandy beaches.
Those inclined to historical and natural heritage we have the battlefields and game parks to explore – with latter offering the opportunity to experience close proximity to natural splendor that features the highly revered Big Five animals such as the elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and of course the buffalo.

Certainly, we cannot talk about the Province of KwaZulu-Natal without the unique and amazing Zulu culture which interfaces with European and Oriental experiences that makes this province a home away from home for many visitors from Europe and Asia in particular.

Future plan for tourism

Our intention is to grow the tourism impact on the province’s GDP to between R65 billion and R98 billion over the next two years. This we believe would guarantee the realization of our target of creating 183 000 direct jobs over the same period.

We want to attract no less than 3.4 million international visitors by 2030 and we are optimistic about this prospect especially that Britain has become our intimate market with direct flights ensuring convenient travel for our peoples. On the domestic front, we intend increasing our local market share to 16.3 million by 2020 and 24.1 million by 2030.

That is why we have embarked on an aggressive campaign to increase the number of international visitors into the region. The campaign is already bearing fruit and the latest statistics reveal that some 2 000 more international tourists arrived at King Shaka International Airport in the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year.

 

 

MEC’s speech

October 30, 2018

Statement by MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala during the Launch of the Direct Route for the British Airways from London’s Heathrow International Airport to King Shaka International Airport held in Durban on 30th October 2018

Programme Director, Chief Executive Officer of DTP, Mr Hamish Erskine;
Her Worship the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede;
British High Commissioner;
Representative of the British Airways, Mr Paolo De Renzis;
Media Communities;
Good Day.

It is my pleasure to welcome you here today as we mark this historic occasion where one of the world’s leading airlines, the British Airways has officially launched the inaugural direct flight between London’s Heathrow International Airport and our own King Shaka International Airport.

The establishment of this new direct air service represents a significant milestone for the collective efforts by the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal to promote interface with the rest of the trading world as we work on growing our economy to create more business and employment opportunities for our people.

We are also appreciative of the role played by our friends in the private sector as we continue to collaborate in our efforts position KwaZulu-Natal as a suitable destination for investment and as well holiday-makers.

Indeed, the success in achieving this latest milestone required exceptional commitment and dedication from all parties involved to ensure that this new route is sustainable.
This has been a long and arduous journey for officials that have been assigned to this project. This required second to none dedication and clarity with respect to our long term vision of strengthening our trade and aviation linkages with the United Kingdom.

Certainly, we have long recognized the importance of air connectivity with respect to placing the Province of KwaZulu-Natal within the world map, especially that we harbor ambitions of becoming an active and visible participant in the regional economy.

Boasting an array of economic sectors gasping for investors and as well as the blossoming tourism industry that equitably appeals to both domestic and international travelers, the Durban-London air link couldn’t have come at an opportune moment!

As we would all acknowledge, direct flights between destinations have proven to increase the appetite for travel for both leisure and business.

The United Kingdom which shares a common historical heritage with South Africa will remain at pole position with respect to our preferred trade partners and cultural exchange programmes.
We are confident that soon after the activation of this route, we will experience more demand for direct flights between the two cities which will then translate into increase trade volumes.

As the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, we have set ourselves a target of attracting 3.4 million International visitors by 2030 and the new route gives great impetus to our prospects of reaching this target. The existing economic and cultural and economic ties between our peoples, will be a major catalyst in the escalation of passenger numbers between the UK and KwaZulu-Natal.

Having acknowledged the need to broaden KwaZulu-Natal air travel capacity, we have established a dedicated Route Development Committee with the responsibility of co-ordinating and promoting international air services into King Shaka International Airport.

Our major interest and focus is to attract reputable international airlines to establish direct flights to and from their respective basis like the world renowned global market hub such as London.

This committee is made up of experienced professionals drawn the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Provincial Department of Transport and various government entities They all work under the banner of Durban Direct.

We understand that we are a long-haul destination to some of our largest tourism source markets. In that light, the entry of new air services into our destination augurs well for improving connectivity between the province and our tourism markets.

We want to assure our partners in the aviation business of our support to ensure lucrative returns on investing in the establishment of direct flights to the province.

We are inspired that this new development comes at the time when we are working hard to grow our tourism as we intend to clock anything between R65 billion and R98 billion over the next two years. The Durban-London route will play a role in us achieving this target, especially itself alone is expected to contribute around 183 000 direct jobs for our people.

The highly diversified tourism industry in our province offers visitors a plethora of holiday-making experiences which includes the all-round warm climatic conditions reflected in the sustained number of visitors that flock into the sandy and blue rated beaches.

The region, and Durban in particular has become the darling of international events organizers who appreciate our quality customer service and world class conferencing and sporting facilities.

The province is also endowed with natural beauty that features game parks that are home to some of the world’s rarest animal and plant species, including the renowned Big Five such as the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo.

Our natural splendor has attracted the attention of the United Nations as we boast two UNESCO declared heritage sites in iSimangaliso Wetland Park as well as the majestic Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain Ranges.
Apart from tourism as one of the major sectors fueling our economy, KwaZulu-Natal hosts various sectors that make it the second most industrialized province in the country after Gauteng.

Meanwhile, we had recently announced our intended contribution to the country’s drive to raise more than $100 billion worth of investments in the next five years which is essential to generated more business and employment opportunities.

We have packaged a list of investment opportunities worth more than R270 billion. It is therefore our expectation that this project we are celebrating today would trigger more interest amongst British entrepreneurs to seize the opportunities available in our province.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in the 21st Century, airports have become the springboards for the development of modern cities. This is the reasons why we are so serious about upping our game with respect to the aviation industry.
King Shaka International Airport serves as an anchor for the development of an aviation inspired city development, the aerotropolis which we believe will provide an integrated industrial development that is linked to multimodal logistics such as air, sea, rail and road that will be convenient for the movement of goods and passengers.

We have therefore formulated an integrated Aerotropolis Strategy and Durban Aerotropolis Master Plan which provides a 60 year vision to develop a globally competitive 21st Century metropolis around King Shaka International Airport.

Constant efforts to facilitate connectivity with global airlines like the British Airways provide fertile ground to achieve this vision of airport urban settlement.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to conclude by expressing our appreciation for the introduction of this new route. We trust that this is the beginning of a long relationship, which will see the three times a week frequency of the flights being increased to daily travels in the next few years.

Thank you,

 

Press Release

British Airways’ first direct flight from London arrives in Durban

With an African choir delivering a soaring medley of British pop songs and a flash-mob featuring icons of KwaZulu-Natal and the United Kingdom, King Shaka International Airport welcomed flight BA41 this morning (SUBS: TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER).

The British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was the first of three direct flights a week between Durban and London’s Heathrow airport, in what’s seen as a major boost for business and leisure travel for KwaZulu-Natal.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has an advanced design. Its composite fuselage has larger windows and allows for higher pressurisation and more moisture in the cabin air, all of which contribute to customer well-being.

Paolo de Renzis, Commercial Manager for Europe, Corporate Sales and Africa, Levant at British Airways & Iberia, was among the passengers to disembark.

They were accompanied by actors playing British icons including the Queen (and her corgi), the Beatles and met by the KwaZulu-Natal counterparts such as a rickshaw runner and a surfer.

De Renzis says, “Since we announced this new route in May, there’s been a great deal of excitement about it. The travel trade, business interests, government and the public all appreciate the benefits of the move.

“That’s why we’re especially pleased to be offering our most modern and comfortable aircraft on the route, and to connect two wonderful destinations with a direct flight between Terminal 5 and King Shaka International.

“While Britain and KwaZulu-Natal differ in many ways, they also share many characteristics: rich history, diverse, multicultural character, myriad attractions and good infrastructure. It’s why we’re proud to offer British Airways’ hospitality and service on this route. It should help grow international tourism to KwaZulu-Natal and provide a more convenient alternative for the province’s business travellers and holidaymakers wanting to get to the UK and Europe.”

Sihle Zikalala, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said: “Having direct flights between Durban and London will undoubtedly spur growth in both tourism and trade for both destinations. We are certain that South Africans will embrace the opportunities offered by the direct flights from Durban ensuring that we fully benefit from these new connections.

“As a country we celebrated Tourism Month during September, highlighting the numerous attractions and activities that our people can explore. It is in the same warm spirt that we welcome travellers from the UK and invite them to explore and enjoy everything that Durban and the rest of the province of KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.”

EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede, said: “We firmly believe that this flight will truly transform the Durban sklyline and landscape for tourism and investment. This brings a realisation of our visitor strategy which focuses on attracting visitors and investors from the UK and European markets to our city. This speaks to the city’s commitment in ensuring that Durban remains the gateway to Africa, a world-class destination and a hidden gem that will soon be revealed to the world.”

British Airways is offering a launch special from Durban with discounts of to 13% on return fares. World Traveller launch fares start from R7 740, World Traveller Plus from R15 740 and Club World from R33 740.

The airline also flies twice-daily service from Heathrow to Johannesburg and daily to Cape Town year-round. It doubles the Cape Town schedule during the South African summer season and also adds three weekly flights from Gatwick.

The route expansion comes as British Airways rolls out a £4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers.

Timetable

 

 

 

Notes to editors:
• Fares include taxes and all carried imposed charges but may differ marginally on the day of booking due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Issued by
William Smook
Meropa Communications
+27 83 357 2837
+27 21 683 6464
williams@meropa.co.za
www.meropa.co.za

 

 

Durban inaugural flight media briefing

Speaking notes for Paolo de Renzis, British Airways & Iberia commercial manager Europe & corporate sales Africa, Levant

Tuesday 30 October at11:00, Durban July Room, Oyster Box Hotel

Good morning Hamish, MEC Zikalala and Councillor Gumede,

What a delight to be here and particularly to have flown directly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 in one of our most modern aircraft the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve flown to KwaZulu-Natal.

During the Second World War, BOAC seaplanes landed in Durban en route to Sydney, the so-called horseshoe route. This service ended after the war.

Later, in the mid-1990s, we operated a flight to the then Louis Botha airport via Johannesburg to London. For various reasons, regulatory and otherwise, it was stopped.

In 1996 British Airways livery was again seen in Kwa-Zulu Natal after we concluded a franchise agreement with Comair, which endures today and remains our longest and most successful.

Since then, British Airways operated by Comair domestic services from Louis Botha and more recently King Shaka International have connected with our international flights from OR Tambo International.

It was the classic hub-and-spoke arrangement that international airlines the world over adopted, flying large aircraft into big hubs and then providing onward connections to domestic or regional destinations, using their own network or code sharing with shorthaul carriers.

But the world is changing. Competition in the notoriously thin-margined airline industry has increased, with carriers such as British Airways not only competing with other full-service airlines but also low-cost carriers.

More competition means more choice and customers can assess cost, convenience, class of travel and service offering all from their desktops or mobile devices, before deciding which option or range of options best suits their needs. The convenience of a direct service between city pairs is a strong incentive.

Aircraft technology has also changed. Modern, twin-engined aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with its composite fuselage can fly further and operate much more efficiently and economically than previous generations of long-haul aircraft. This technological leap meant that airlines could reassess routes that might not previously have been profitable.

Of course, when you add a fantastic, modern airport such as King Shaka International into the mix the case for direct flights becomes even more compelling. In fact, it’s such a good airport, this is where we trained our A380 crews in 2014.

And then there is the unflagging perseverance and enthusiasm of the Durban Direct team which worked with our route planners to make today’s inaugural flight possible.

BA40 will fly from Durban to London every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, departing King Shaka International at 0735 and arriving at our home base, Terminal 5 at 18:45 in the evening.

The 787 Dreamliner offers 214 seats across three cabins: 154 in World Traveller, 25 in World Traveller Plus and 35 in Club World. As one of our newest aircraft, it is fitted with our most modern cabins and entertainment systems.
The award-winning Club World seat folds down into a fully flat, six-foot bed and we’ve recently introduced new bedding and amenity kits by luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company.

Our premium-economy World Traveller Plus cabin provides legroom and space as well as in-seat power, for customers who want to get some work done or just stretch out during the flight.

In World Traveller we’re offering an expanded menu, providing more quantity and quality. This includes a four-course main meal and a second meal. We also provide tuck boxes with chocolates and chips on longer flights such as Durban/ London.

Direct flights, modern aircraft and a full-service offering across three cabins should be an appealing proposition for British and European travellers wanting to visit the beaches, golf courses, game reserves and other bountiful attractions KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.

As a scheduled carrier, however, it’s essential for us to ensure we build a loyal customer base at both ends of the route.

We know there are historic and existing ties between KwaZulu-Natal and the United Kingdom. We hope that the convenience of direct flights and some of the special offers we’ll be introducing on the route will give people living here an opportunity to visit friends and family in Britain. Apparently, family travel is something we’re quite good at, having been recently voted the most family friendly international airline.

We also know that there’s considerable trade and commerce between KwaZulu-Natal, the UK and Europe. Direct flights into our largest hub, with a 15-minute Heathrow Express train ride to central London and convenient flight connections to all major European cities will facilitate trade and commerce. It will also make it easier for KwaZulu-Natal businesses to connect to North America, where together with our partners we serve nearly 200 destinations.
Programmes such as OnBusiness, which are designed to incentivise small and medium enterprises, should encourage these businesses to explore overseas markets, whether this is exporting products, opening new outlets, attending trade shows or forging partnerships.

In my opening remarks I mentioned that one of our antecedents BOAC operated flying boats to Durban during the Second World War. In fact, our history in Africa and South Africa dates back much further than that.

Next year we mark our centenary. What a lot of people don’t know is that just six years after our first flight we helped pioneer air routes to Africa. In 1925, Alan Cobham flew a route survey from London to Cape Town that would pave the way for commercial services between the UK and South Africa.

What followed were air mail services and later the first passenger services. When these began in 1932, the journey between the UK and South Africa took ten days. By 1938 innovations in aircraft technology had cut the travel time to just four-and-a-half days.

In 1952 we launched the world’s first commercial jet service, when a BOAC Comet flew from London to Johannesburg. The flight took 23 hours, halving the previous travel time.

From today you’ll be able to board a British Airways’ Dreamliner at King Shaka International and 13 hours later arrive at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

I think that’s a great step forward. I hope you do too.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Gallery

Images from the media briefing

 

 

 

LONDON, UK:
British Airways Boeing 787-9 arrives at London Heathrow on 30 September 2015

Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press statement

October 30, 2018

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

 

Media Release
To : All media
Attention : News Editors and Journalists
Date : October 30, 2018

BA may increase flights to Durban

Durban, South Africa: British Airways may consider increasing the frequency of its new three weekly direct flights between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, a media conference heard today.

This would depend on the success of the new route, which saw the first flight landing at King Shaka International Airport early this morning.

At the media conference held at the Oyster Box Hotel, it was announced that if the Durban direct flights would be successful an assessment would be made in the next month with a view to further growing the route.
British Airways was committed to South Africa. The new London-Durban route was a great step forward and the cherry on the top, BA officials said.

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala and the eThekwini Mayor, Councillor Zandile Gumede, were at the airport to welcome in the inaugural 5.35am flight No BA41.
Phindile Makwakwa, the acting chief executive of Tourism KZN, said that the United Kingdom was one of the region’s best tourism markets.

“We have had a healthy increase every year but what was missing was direct access and we know that if there is direct access, there will be robust interest from tour operators,” she said.

TKZN was mounting a 24-month campaign with BA to ensure greater awareness of the new route and KZN, she added.

The MEC said the province had set itself a target of attracting 3.4 million international visitors by 2030 and the new route gave “great impetus to our prospects of reaching this target”.

“The existing economic and cultural ties between our peoples, will be a major catalyst in the escalation of passenger numbers between the UK and KZN.

“We are inspired that this new development comes at the time when we are working hard to grow our tourism as we intend to clock anything between R65-billion and R98-billion over the next two years.
“The Durban-London route will play a role in us achieving this target which is expected to contribute to some 183 000 direct jobs for our people.”

The decision by BA to introduce direct, non-stop direct flights between London and Durban was a game-changer, he said.

The inaugural flight took place at a time when the KZN government was implementing the Aerotropolis initiative, which aimed to develop a 21st century city around King Shaka International Airport.
It would offer businesses speedy connectivity to suppliers, customers and enterprise partners nationally and worldwide.

The provincial government was working with provincial and national stakeholders to position the airport as an alternative air and cargo hub for South Africa.

It was envisaged that the Durban Aerotropolis would become a catalyst for rapid urbanization, employment creation and would spur economic growth-and the BA flight was expected to bolster the Durban Aerotropolis strategy through new opportunities in tourism and investment.

Zikalala added that KZN was a region rich in business and investment prospects “as well as being the jewel in South Africa’s tourism crown.”

“The UK which shares a common historical heritage with South Africa will remain at pole position with respect to our preferred trade partners and cultural exchange programmes,” he said.

ENDS

Notes to editors
Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism into and within the province, both domestically and internationally. The organisation is an entity that reports to the provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

For more information go to:
Website: Tourism KZN: www.zulu.org.za
Facebook: Page: Tourism Kwazulu-Natal
Twitter: @TourismKZN
Hashtags: #DurbanDirect #DoKZN

For media interviews, please contact
Nhlanhla Ngwenya – Communications Coordinator
Tourism KZN – 063 698 7455

 

 

 

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