Project Enza commemorates World Tourism Day

There could not have been a more ideal occasion than International Tourism Day for stakeholders to educate the industry’s future leaders. Hosted by the Project Enza and partners at the Greyville Events & Exhibition Centre on 27 September, a group of tourism pupils and teachers were given a glimpse into the local industry with an interactive celebration filled with presentations, talks and fun prize giveaways followed by lunch.

Representatives from eThekwini Municipality Tourism Development, the province of KwaZulu-Natal and experienced individuals like Francis Mans, who served as general manager at Riverside Hotel, Alpine Heath Resorts and the International Hotel School, covered various topics pertaining to the trade. They were joined by Dr Bright Mhlongo from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), who educated the pupils on the impact that diseases like HIV and Ebola has in the tourism industry. Recognized Young Leader and Entrepreneur from Durban Producing Entrepreneurs in Tourism, Lynette Ntuli also delivered an address to the enthusiastic pupils.

Tourism Day was established in September 1979 by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), an agency responsible for the promotion of sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It has since been celebrated annually in the month of September, to highlight the importance and contribution of tourism to communities.

Commenting on the event, Project Enza Founder, Thandekile Jessica Nhleko said International Tourism Day carried a strong purpose. “This is vital as it highlights the effect tourism has on social, cultural, political and economic values,” said Nhleko.

Project Enza’s vision was formalised in 2010 by passionate individuals in the industry with a vast network of former industry colleagues. The project is designed to take place annually, with future involvement from other provinces.