CALM undertakes Sho’t Left Genesis Route , led Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s (MTPA), as well as municipal officials on the Genesis Route, known for some of Mpumalanga’s most diverse landscapes.
This Route features spectacular mountainous vistas to ancient indigenous forests. He was accompanied by the MMC for Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s . The mayor said the visit came after the recent Investment Summit CALM held during which tourism was identified as a key sector for job creation.
“Celebrating Tourism Month as a municipality is a great way to promote local tourism, boost the economy and showcase the unique attractions and culture of the area. During the month, special guided tours of historical sites, landmarks and heritage buildings were undertaken to share the history and stories behind these locations to educate visitors about the municipal heritage,” he said.
Nkosi encouraged locals to visit those tourism sites close to their residential areas as they are affordable and accessible. “People need to know about the area they live in and what it has to offer tourists. When they visit those areas they are creating sustainable jobs for local people. We are in solidarity with the provincial government to support domestic tourism since it’s the bedrock of the industry,” he said.
He also said successful Tourism Month celebrations require careful planning, coordination and collaboration with local stakeholders, essential to creating a diverse range of activities catering for different interests to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.
Tourism Month is celebrated annually in September 27 to highlight South Africa’s (SA) plethora of tourism offerings, as well as to highlight the industry’s significant contribution to the economy and job creation.
Inspired by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, World Tourism Month provides a platform for the SA sector to celebrate, reflect and commemorate its milestones with regard to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, under the global theme “Tourism and Green Investments.” This theme emphasises the significant role of tourism in fostering inclusive economic growth and development. By generating employment opportunities, stimulating local economies and promoting social inclusion, tourism becomes a powerful catalyst for positive change.
The tour started at the Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve located in Carolina which offers a large variety of game species. The Nooitgedacht Dam is where the mighty Komati River originates.
The Geotrail is the Genesis Route’s oldest attraction and allows tourist to step back in time and explore what the surface of the planet would have looked like 3.5 billion years ago; before man and dinosaurs, with the first life forms starting to appear and the planet a far more hostile place. There are 11 stops along the Route, each with a beautiful information board, also catering for the visually impaired, with its historic evidence of superhot volcanoes, ancient tsunamis and initial life forms.