Tourism Month September 2009
02 September 2009
The theme for this year’s tourism day is “Celebrating Tourism through diversity”. The South African theme for the month is about promoting domestic travel and opening the doors of travel to all.
The main purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among communities of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. The timing of World Tourism Day is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the high season in the southern hemisphere. This is the time when tourism is top of mind to most people particularly the domestic market as it is during this period that they prepare for their summer holidays.
The Northern Cape is a playground for the extreme enthusiast and those that want to experience adrenalin rush first hand. 4x4 routes, rock climbing, paragliding, river rafting adventure, real unique flora and fauna, national parks and provincial nature reserves, BMW challenge, extreme sport tourism, open and clear skies, star gazing are some of the attractions which are not for the faint hearted.
Indigenous real culture and heritage as exposed by the Nama, !Xun and Khwe communities which are South Africa’s oldest communities. The Northern Cape is also rich in political history which is home to Sol Plaatje, Z.K. Matthews, and also was a Robert Sobukwe who was banished to the Northern Cape where he played a pivotal role of positioning the Northern Cape in its political history. This is but some of the rich political history that we can share as an attraction. We are also a niche tourism destination when one looks at the endemic species that we have and are an interest to the giving of the tourist.
Northern Cape Province are proud to be hosting South Africa’s National World Tourism Day celebrations on the 29 September 2009 at Galeshewe Stadium, KIMBERLEY which is one of the oldest townships in South Africa. Galeshewe township has its origins during the Diamond rush as the first black township to house black mine workers during the times of Cecil John Rhodes and the Barney Barnato’s during the diamond rush.
Click here to download Tourism Month Programme (pdf)