Tourism Month is an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy of the Overstrand. During this month there’s an amplified focus on the importance of tourism to the local economy. It also serves as an opportunity to promote domestic tourism and create a culture of travel amongst South Africans.
Cape Whale Coast will be using the opportunity to introduce an initiative called SHARE THE LOVE to recognise the many compassionate gestures in our community and encourage others to spread their kindness, warmth and humanity. It’s about smiling more, acknowledging those that helps us in our everyday lives – even with smallest tasks. It’s about emotional gain and being grateful for what we have and where we live. Through this initiative we want to focusing on the many positive attributes of our region – nature, wine, whales, sharks, penguins, arts, adventure, romance and food – but most of all we want to unite the communities of the Overstrand with a link of appreciation.
This is a community collaboration that aims to enable people of all walks of life to contribute to building a more compassionate and inclusive society while making the Overstrand a happier and a more united place to be. Sound like your kind of place? Join us! Please share #❤ pics by posting on your social platforms and tagging pictures with #❤CapeWhaleCoast, #❤Hermanus, #Zwelihle, #❤Masakhane, #❤Gansbaai, #❤Kleinmond, #❤Zwelihle, #❤MooiUitsig, #❤PringleBay, #❤Hawston, #❤BettysBay …
Cape Whale Coast and the different towns’ Visitor Information Centres will do the same. How about painting a colourful murals?
As a responsible tourism destination the Cape Whale Coast wants to share the love with the Blue Heart of our economy by reducing single use plastic including straws, bags, take away coffee cups and water bottles. Why not spoil yourself with a reusable water bottle or sustainable coffee mug? The environment will appreciate this gesture towards reducing waste. Travellers are encouraged to bring their water bottles and fill up with our free, quality Overstrand tap water.
With this in mind we inspire everyone to be a tourist, visit a local place you haven’t been to before. Do something new. Try something different. A local excursion ties in firmly with the call for South Africans and our Overstrand residents to travel domestically during Tourism Month to get a better understanding of the affordable, exciting and world class attractions that are available on our own doorstep. Here are some suggestions for a Cape Whale Coast outing:
• ParkRun in Harold Porter Betty’s Bay or Hermanus on a Saturday morning at 8:00. It’s fun. It’s scenic. It’s only 5km and you can run or walk.
• Visit the 8 Gansbaai penguins placed at different attractions in Gansbaai. Misti, Dee Liscious and Pearly Percy are only 3 of our new residents who are waiting for you to visit.
• Here’s a challenge – Walk the Hermanus Cliff Path from New Harbour to Old Harbour to Grotto. Watch out for the model solar display on the way. The moon, sun and earth are on your way to the beach.
• Drink a coffee made by one of our local coffee roasters – Beanery, Tulip, Gansbaai Roasters.
• Be brave and take a swim in the sea, a tidal pool or Hawston’s super-size pool.
• There are so many ideas and not enough paper to print it all.