Limpopo fully geared for Tourism Month festivities!

Sep 5, 2014

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, LETABA CAMP : On Thursday, the 4th September 2014, the MEC for Limpopo Economict Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Mr. Seaparo Sekoati, launched the Limpopo installment of the annual Tourism Month to media and the tourism industry at Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park. During the event the MEC outlined the focus for this year’s Tourism Month festivities and unveiled the events calendar.

The launch happened against the backdrop of a successful National Media launch which was presided over by the newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Mr. Derek Hanekom, who also announced Limpopo as the 2015 host for Tourism Month Celebrations.

World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated globally every year on the 27th September as declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The UNWTO announced that the 2014 WTD will be hosted in Mexico under the theme "Tourism and Community Development.  Its purpose is to foster awareness amongst the global community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural and political and economic value. The event seeks to address the global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and highlight the tourism sector's contribution to achieving these goals.

The MEC for LEDET, Mr. Seaparo Sekoati said: "The theme resonates very well with the situation in our province as twenty years into democracy, underdevelopment in our communities still remains a huge challenge." It is again that time of the year when people are urged and encouraged to take short breaks in support of domestic tourism to boost the economy of the province but to also reenergize themselves at touring has benefits. "Travelling brings great memories, quality time with loved ones, well-deserved escapes from dull routines, and a chance to experience new places, new people and new things", added Sekoati.

In South Africa, September Month is declared as Tourism Month, a national event for South Africa will be hosted in the Northern Cape Province. Provinces will also host provincial celebration events and activities. The people of Limpopo will be spoiled for choice as there are a number of activities and events lined up during this year's Tourism month. Tourism Month events are outlined as in the table below:

DATE OF EVENT NAME OF EVENT LOCATION OF EVENT CONTACT PERSON
30/08/2014 7:00 to 30/08/2014 17:00 Clem Gold Spring Opener Half Marathon Jetty 3,Tzaneen dam, Mopani Region. Karin Armastrong 083 437 1524 Karin@smitgarrun.co.za
1/09/2014 Arrive Alive/ Robot blitz R71 next to Tzaneen prison and the R71 traffic lights entering Tzaneen Blantina Modiba: 015 307 5853 Blantina.modiba@tzaneen.gov.za
3 /09/2014 Lilizela awards Hans  Merensky Golf Estate Connie Mabuza-015 293 3600
4/09/2014 Tourism Month Media launch Letaba camp, Kruger National Park Jerry Mamabolo- 015 293 3600
05-06/09/2014 The Annual September Orchid and Spring Fun-Fair Show Bollanoto Tourism and Information Centre, Mopani Region Matee Seduma: 015 780 6300 Mateesm204@gmail.com
08/09/2014 to 12/09/2014 SanParks Mahala week Kruger National Park Phalaborwa gate, Mopani Region reservation@sanparks.org
12-13/09/ 2014 Tourism Month Golf Extravaganza Legend lodges Harris Rikhotso  at 015 293 3600
15/09/2014 to 20/09/2014 LWR Mahala week All LWR Resorts Pinky Mayimele: 082 775 3412 pinkym@golimpopo.com
17 September 2014 Provincial Tourism Day Celebration Khalanga Lodge, Nwamitwa Alice: 015 293 8300, Blantina Modiba: 015 307 5853 Blantina.modiba@tzaneen.gov.za
19/09/2014 to 21/09/2014 THE kykNET Buite Ekspo Mbizi, 8km outside Bela Bela on the Thabazimbi road Marius Opperman: 082 570 5758 Marius@ekspo.co.za
20/09/2014 to 28/09/2014 Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg spring festival Magoebaskloof hotel, Haenertsburg Village and Magoebaskloof Anne-Marie Brook: 015 276 4828 or Linda Miller 082 575 5738 applegrange@mweb.co.za
24/09/2014 to 28/09/2014 HRMC Vhembe carnival Musina , Vhembe Region Mr. Marivate: 072 449 5948 marivatec@vhembe.gov.za
24/09/2014 Fetakgomo fashion show Fetakgomo civic hall Mengwai. M: 078 175 8944 015 622 8000 mengwal@fetakgomo.gov.za
24/09/2014 to 25/09/2014 Media Tour Burgersfort, Sekhukhune Region Puleng Motha: 082 762 7042 mmotlap@sekhukhune.gov.za
26-28/09/2014 Rocking for Rhinos 2014 Hoedspruit, Mopani Region Leicha: 082 303 6551 leicha@vodamail.co.za
27/09/2014 Wolrd Tourism day Northern Cape, Haksteenpan
1-2 /10/2014 Speed Marketing
Meropa casino,Polokwane
Harris Rikhotso  at 015 293 3600
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