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Glamping organisers aim to integrate the region

by Agencies
08 Jul 2019 at 18:44hrs | Views
Travelling in the SADC region has been on the increase, so as innovative ways to boost tourism. According to 'Travel and Tourism Competitiveness' report 2017, the World Economic Forum said Southern Africa leads in attracting international tourists. Over the years, there has been a surge in local and regional travelling.
Glamping Adventures is a start up initiative occupying the niche of trendy travellers on a budget.  Modelled on a concept of organizing retreats in different parts of South Africa and the region, the company believes this model with play a part in popularizing travel and tourism.
"Our roving glamping [glamorous camping] retreats are hosted in iconic natural destinations that connect all our travelers in South Africa and the region," said Gugu Sithole, the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Glamping Adventures.

"Adventure is a lifestyle that should not cost a fortune. Our packages include spacious tented accommodation set up for you, great cuisine and adventure activities; all with a touch of glam," added Sithole, who is also the co-founder of Glamping Adventures.

Glamping is a concept that is beginning to take traction in Africa. In basic terms, it is camping with luxurious provisions and amenities.

"Gone are the days of camping and roughing it up. The world is changing and people should enjoy the silence of nature but with all comforts available," said Davison Mudzingwa, Glamping Adventures co-founder.

"We are glad to be at the pioneering stage of glamping in Africa and we believe our concept of travelling to various regional destinations will excite more people to travel and enjoy attractions in the region," added Mudzingwa.

The wave of local travelling is already in motion. In South Africa, for instance, the Department of Tourism, reported that the tourism sector contributed R136,1 billion which is about 2.9% contribution to the total 2017 gross domestic product (GDP). The broad value chain impact of tourism induced benefits totalled R412,5 billion or 8.9% of the GDP.
In a latest report, Statistics South Africa said the country registered 3.5 million travellers in 2018.
"The culture of travelling exists, we just need collective effort to stimulate it," said Sithole; who is a keen traveller, marketer and entrepreneur.

"Travelling opens the mind and integrates people. We believe that by encouraging and giving value to our travellers, our region will be stronger and cohesive."

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Source - Agencies