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Idols judge and radio and television presenter Unathi Nkayi had her breadth taken away at the Nelson Mandela capture site near Howick-now reopened under reduced operating hours- when she visited the museum for the first time o Friday, Februaury 19, 2021. Nkayi, is on a whirlwind tour of the region with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal. The Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg tourism sector is resilient and is fighting to bring back tourism to its former glory after suffering a devastating blow from the COVID-19 restrictions, resulting in the loss of visitors. The region has not escaped the pandemic but when the beaches were closed, the area welcomed holidaymakers from Gauteng and the coast when the beaches closed during the festive season. Overall, hotel occupancy rates in KZN are gradually on the increase, according to the latest statistics from TKZN’s Tourism Performance Report for the fourth quarter of 2020, the repeat reveals that December’s occupancy rate of 51,9% was the second highest in the country for the month-and the best in the province since February that year. Nkayi said: “The thing I love about KZN is its rich heritage and diversity. Walking through the exhibition made me feel like I was going down memory lane. The mood also makes you feel like you’re in the story when you are being taken on a tour,” said Nkayi. Visit www.zulu.org.za for the best holiday deals and packages. Supplied Idols judge and radio and television presenter Unathi Nkayi had her breadth taken away at the Nelson Mandela capture site near Howick-now reopened under reduced operating hours- when she visited the museum for the first time o Friday, Februaury 19, 2021. Nkayi, is on a whirlwind tour of the region with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal. The Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg tourism sector is resilient and is fighting to bring back tourism to its former glory after suffering a devastating blow from the COVID-19 restrictions, resulting in the loss of visitors. The region has not escaped the pandemic but when the beaches were closed, the area welcomed holidaymakers from Gauteng and the coast when the beaches closed during the festive season. Overall, hotel occupancy rates in KZN are gradually on the increase, according to the latest statistics from TKZN’s Tourism Performance Report for the fourth quarter of 2020, the repeat reveals that December’s occupancy rate of 51,9% was the second highest in the country for the month-and the best in the province since February that year. Nkayi said: “The thing I love about KZN is its rich heritage and diversity. Walking through the exhibition made me feel like I was going down memory lane. The mood also makes you feel like you’re in the story when you are being taken on a tour,” said Nkayi. Visit www.zulu.org.za for the best holiday deals and packages.

TKZN determined to do all it can to highlight what the province has to offer

February 23, 2021 

Staff reporter 

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa:Last weekend television and radio presenter Unathi Nkayi dropped into the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for a visit as guests of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal who are on an aggressive marketing drive to boost visitor numbers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The entity is determined to do all it can to highlight what the province has to offer. Last week TKZN focused on the North Coast Dolphin Coast region.

According to Marian Evans, general manager of Midlands Meander Association, tourism visitor numbers are growing considerably since restrictions have been lifted.

“We do have quiet periods but visitor numbers have increased particularly over the weekends, and midweek bookings are picking up. When the beaches were closed, the area welcomed holidaymakers from Gauteng. We owe this to the domestic campaign we undertake throughout the year.”

While restrictions had a devastating effect on Midlands tourism there had not been as many businesses closing down as one would have expected, she said.

Hotel Occupancies

According to TKZN’s Tourism Performance Report, KZN’s December hotel occupancy rates were among the highest in the country-and the best since February last year.

This is revealed in the statistics of Tourism KZN’s Tourism Performance Report for the last quarter of 2020.

The report suggests that during the months from October to December 2020, the hotel occupancy in KZN had improved steadily.

KZN's hotel occupany rate

KZN’s hotel occupancy rate was 56% in January, increasing to 64,9% in February 2020. Then, just as figures dropped elsewhere across the country, they fell to a low of 12,2% in May.

They climbed to 21,6% in June before yo-yoing to 14,9% in July.

After that, there was a welcoming climb every month until figures topped 51,90% occupancy in December, second only to the North West region which had also shot up to 59,70%.

In the Midlands our businesses have reported a positive and steady growth in visitor numbers.

Last modified onTuesday, 23 February 2021 14:14