Images and captions: Midlands fighting back to bring back tourism to its former glory

Media Alert: A Meander to the Midlands and a chance to explore some unique tourist gems
Media Alert: TKZN takes on the Midlands

Images and captions: Midlands fighting back to bring back tourism to its former glory

The Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg tourism sector is resilient and is fighting back to bring back tourism to its former glory after suffering a devastating blow from the COVID-19 restrictions, resulting in the loss of visitors. This weekend we are on a tour of the Natal Midlands and have with us Unathi Nkayi, radio and TV personality and Idols judge.

Please find pics enclosed which can be used freely by yourselves.

The Midlands Meander has not escaped the pandemic but when the beaches were closed, the area welcomed holidaymakers from Gauteng and the coast when the beaches closed during the festive season.

Overall, hotel occupancy rates in KZN are gradually on the increase, according to the latest statistics from TKZN’s Tourism Performance Report for the fourth quarter of 2020, the repeat reveals that December’s occupancy rate of 51,9% was the second highest in the country for the month-and the best in the province since February that year.

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Caption one: A trip down memory lane:  Idols judge and radio and television presenter Unathi Nkayi had her breadth taken away at the Nelson Mandela capture site near Howick-now reopened under reduced operating hours- when she visited the museum for the first time yesterday. Nkayi, is on a whirlwind tour of the region with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal. The Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg tourism sector is resilient and is fighting to bring back tourism to its former glory after suffering a devastating blow from the COVID-19 restrictions, resulting in the loss of visitors. The region has not escaped the pandemic but when the beaches were closed, the area welcomed holidaymakers from Gauteng and the coast when the beaches closed during the festive season. Overall, hotel occupancy rates in KZN are gradually on the increase, according to the latest statistics from TKZN’s Tourism Performance Report for the fourth quarter of 2020, the repeat reveals that December’s occupancy rate of 51,9% was the second highest in the country for the month-and the best in the province since February that year. Nkayi said: “The thing I love about KZN is its rich heritage and diversity. Walking through the exhibition made me feel like I was going down memory lane. The mood also makes you feel like you’re in the story when you are being taken on a tour,” said Nkayi. Visit www.zulu.org.za for the best holiday deals and packages.

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A day with Tata Mandela: Television and radio personality Unathi NKayi with Angelique Benson and Erin Cusack, visited the renowned Nelson Mandela Capture Site which is now reopened under reduced operating hours. The trio are part of a whirlwind tour of the region with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal. Visiting the attraction’s newly-refurbished cultural and historical exhibition for the first time they made sure to pose in front of the infamous Nelson Mandela monument. The Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg tourism sector is resilient and is fighting to bring back tourism to its former glory after suffering a devastating blow from the COVID-19 restrictions. The newly refurbished centre also has the replica of the 1962 Austin Westminster that was used to ferry Nelson Mandela prior to his capture by apartheid operatives in 1962.Midlands Meander is working with TKZN on an aggressive marketing drive to boost visitor numbers to the area in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.zulu.org.za for the holiday best deals and packages.

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Walking the distance with Mandela: Gauteng travellers Ayob Vania, and Thabang Maluleke with Television and radio personality Unathi Nkayi enjoying the basking sun and serenic views  at the Nelson Mandela Capture site. The group is part of a tour to unearth and explore the hidden gems of the Natal Midlands following the relaxations of the covid regulations. Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is on an aggressive marketing drive to boost visitor numbers in the wake of the pandemic and is determined to do all it can to highlight what the province has to offer. The Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg tourism sector is resilient and is fighting to bring back tourism to its former glory after suffering a devastating blow from the COVID-19 restrictions. The newly refurbished centre also has the replica of the 1962 Austin Westminster that was used to ferry Nelson Mandela prior to his capture by apartheid operatives in 1962.Midlands Meander is working with TKZN on an aggressive marketing drive to boost visitor numbers to the area in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.zulu.org.za for the holiday best deals and packages.

 Pics Supplied: Tourism KZN

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