Here’s a novel way to help the Garden Route recover: Go there and ‘do’ tourism

Article by Tokozile Xasa

Extract:- “This past week I learnt the people in Knysna [and Plettenberg Bay] are as tough and resilient as the indigenous fynbos that put the “garden” into the world-famous Garden Route. Following the devastating wildfires that led to tragic loss of life and extensive damage to property, they are resolutely mopping up and carrying on, declaring their town “open for business”.

Determined to pick itself up and carry on, the town[s] have declared themselves ready to welcome visitors, with almost all tourist activities fully operational. It is going ahead with various signature events that, every year, give a boost to the tourism economy in the traditionally slow winter season, by creating work and generating income for residents.

Truly their capacity for courage and reinvention is inspiring.

All of the towns’ upcoming events deserve to be well patronised and represent a golden opportunity for us to again rally around and wrap the Knysna and [Plettenberg Bay] communities in a comforting embrace.”

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