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Two Major Durban Tourism Developments

Durban, an already popular tourist destination, sitting in South Africa’s third largest municipality, has two new ways of boosting travel through its borders.

Cruise Terminal

Managing Director of MSC Cruises South Africa, Ross Volk recently revealed that MSC Cruises will begin building its Durban Cruise Terminal in November. The terminal will eventually be 4516 square metres in size.

The news was confirmed at an exclusive media launch held at MSC Cruises head office in Sandton on 20 August. The new R200 million cruise terminal at South Africa’s busiest cruise port is due to be completed in 2021.

“MSC Cruises is committed to growing the cruise tourism sector in the country and Africa at large. We are investing heavily in infrastructure as well as training, which includes the new Durban Cruise Terminal that will also house the MSC Shosholoza Ocean Academy,” Volk said.

He added that the multi-user terminal will make Durban an even more desirable destination for cruise ships from all over the world.

“It will substantially boost tourism numbers, create thousands of jobs and lead to supplier development. The construction of this state-of-the-art terminal is an exciting project that MSC Cruises is proud to be a part of. The design phase took a little longer than we anticipated, but it was vital that we got this right as we want the Durban Cruise Terminal to be an iconic destination,” he said.

According to Tourism Update, the MSC Cruises fleet currently comprises 16 ultra-modern, innovative and elegantly designed ships.

It is said to be the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and the number-one cruise line in South Africa, Europe, South America, and the Gulf. The company reportedly achieved 800% growth in its first 10 years, building a global reputation in the industry and one of the youngest cruise fleets at sea.

At the media launch, Angelo Capurro, the group’s Global Executive Director also said that South Africa is an important market for MSC Cruises and reflects its broader growing investment in cruising globally.

“In fact, in South Africa for the next cruise season starting in December, we will have two ships operating. The bigger MSC Musica with the capacity to carry 3 200 guests will be homeported in Durban, while MSC Opera will be homeported in Cape Town and have a capacity for around 2 500,” Capurro stated.

Coach Route

Intercoach has announced they are now running a route from Durban to Mozambique. With no direct flights between the two locations, it’s often an awkard transfer at Johannesburg that has to facilitate those who travel by air. But last year, things got a little easier on this commute.

The Maputo-Catembe Bridge was inaugurated by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, on Saturday 10 November 2018. The three-kilometre-long suspension bridge, which extends 680 metres over Maputo Bay, has been lauded as a Southern Africa’s latest and greatest engineering feat, giving SA a direct route to the capital city of Maputo.

With this bridge now in place, it have shaved hours off of the journey time. And Intercape are ready to pounce upon the opportunity. Here’s everything you need to know about the new service.

Return tickets are around R600, which is multiple times cheaper than a flight. The trip takes 9.5 hours, has 12 stops, and officially opens on 6 September.

Four hours into the journey, passengers can grab refreshments and stretch their legs at the Hluhluwe PetroPort, before embarking on the remaining five-hour trek.

Border crossings, meanwhile, will take around 40 minutes. It’s essential you have the correct travel documents and your passport with you, in order to make any inspections run as smoothly as possible. You can no longer buy a visa on the Mozambique border, and travellers will have to sort theirs before departing.

 

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Cape Town, Its International Airport, and Port of Durban Among World Travel Awards 2019 Winners

The 26th World Travel Awards ceremony was held in Mauritius over the weekend, and Cape Town, the city’s International Airport, and the Port of Durban, were among the winners for Africa.

The Awards, established in 1993, aim to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

For 2019, regional gala ceremonies were held in North America & the Caribbean (Jamaica), Middle East (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Mauritius), Europe (Madeira, Portugal), Latin America (La Paz, Bolivia), and Asia & Oceania (Phu Quoc, Vietnam).

Cape Town won in the category of Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2019, for the second year in a row. For information on Cape Town, visit Cape Town Tourism.

Cape Town International Airport won in the category of Africa’s Leading Airport 2019, for the third consecutive year. For info about CTIA, visit their website here. The airport has major redesigns scheduled in order to lengthen its runway to accommodate larger aircraft, in an effort to maintain Cape Town’s capacity for tourism.

Cape Town featured once again, with Table Mountain winning in the category of Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019. Info about Table Mountain can be found here.

Among other South African winners was the Port of Durban, which won in the category of Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2019, for the second year in a row. For information about the Port, visit its website here.

Durban also won in the category of Africa’s Leading  Meetings & Conference Destination 2019, for the third consecutive year. Information about Durban can be found on the city’s tourism website here.

Other categories and respective winners for 2019 included Africa’s Leading Airline (Ethiopian Airways); Africa’s Leading Brand (Ethiopian Airways); Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination (Nairobi, Kenya); Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel (Radisson Blu, Kigali, Rwanda); Africa’s Leading Green Hotel (Aberdare Country Club, Kenya); and Africa’s Leading River Cruise Company (Zambezi Queen Collection).

For the full list of winners for the African region, click here.

Recently, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about how he believes tourism is the new gold in Africa. Speaking at the conclusion of the Africa Travel Indaba in Durban, President Ramaphosa hailed the continent for being a tourism hub saying, if nurtured well, the sector would benefit not only individual countries, but also its citizens.

 

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