Kruger Lowveld Tourism Newsletter – 13 February 2018

Author: | Published by KLCBT on at 09:08:19 | Last Updated On: 13 February 2018
  • Kruger Lowveld is missing out on motorbike tourism, thanks to our deteriorating roads!
  • Let KLT represent your activity at the Beeld Holiday Show;
  • Book your space for Indaba by close of business today, 13 February…

Kruger Lowveld is missing out on motorbike tourism, thanks to our deteriorating roads!

The roads in the Kruger Lowveld must have been masterminded by a motorbike enthusiast… with mountain passes, curvy routes and fantastic scenery there used to be few places that could rival this area as South Africa’s most popular motor biking destination. Sadly, the deteriorating state of the roads is taking a huge toll on motorbike tourism to the Kruger Lowveld region, as they are unsafe for riders! The triangle between Sabie, Hazyview and Graskop has been a famous and popular motorbiking route for years, but it’s now almost defunct due to the condition of the roads.  Kruger Lowveld Tourism has contacted the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) on numerous occasions in a bid to get a commitment from them to fix the rapidly deteriorating roads in the Kruger Lowveld. The Executive Director of Kruger Lowveld Tourism, Lisa Sheard, has even submitted a comprehensive list of the roads affected. “We have been asking DEDT to access from the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport a schedule of planned road maintenance in the region for a long time, but with little feedback,” says Sheard. “Our international tour operators who send thousands of visitors to the region continuously ask Kruger Lowveld Tourism to step in and assist, as the state of the roads in the area is seriously affecting their business and ultimately all of our product owners within the region too,” she adds. Whilst a recent article in tourism update confirms that motorbike tourism is a growing niche for Southern Africa, the Kruger Lowveld region is seriously missing out on this segment of the market. The article states, “With the growth in tourists looking for unique and interesting experiences, motorbike tourism is a niche but growing market in Southern Africa, with the potential to grow even further. Over the past couple of years there has been a growing interest from markets such as China, Australia, America and Canada for on-road motorbike tours through Southern Africa.”  “All we have to do is fix the roads,” says Sheard. It’s not that hard to achieve and the lasting benefits of increased income to the region will benefit everyone!”

Let KLT represent your activity at the Beeld Holiday Show

Kruger Lowveld Tourism is attending the Beeld Holiday Show at Gallagher Convention Centre from 23 to 25 February. The camp, caravan and destination show attracted 28 486 visitors in 2017 and is anticipated to attract a bigger crowd this year.   Due to popular demand, adventure and activity operators have the fantastic opportunity to be represented on our stand at the show. Kruger Lowveld Tourism staff will promote your product for you.  We require brochures and a video clip of your adventure/activity which will be played on the stand for the duration of the show. The first ten suitable product replies will be accepted.  Cost is R1500 (ex VAT) per participant.  Please urgently email Nomkhosi Tshabalala or call her on 013 755 1988 if you would like to participate.
Book your space for Indaba by close of business today, 13 February

There are limited spaces on the Kruger Lowveld stand that you can book for Africa’s Travel Indaba which takes place in Durban from 8 to 10 May 2018. But, you have to book today, 13 February! The cost per sharing exhibitor is R14 200 excl VAT, which will include a desk, two chairs and two exhibitor badges.  NOTE : individual product marketing material, pop-ups, banners, etc., is not permitted on the stand except on the exhibitor’s desk. Cost of travel, accommodation, food, etc. will be for your own account.    Should you be interested in joining us at Indaba or have any queries regarding the show, please email Tom Vorster.