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Kouga Municipality held their first Kouga Sustainable Tourism Symposium at Mentorskraal in Jeffreys Bay on Tuesday, March 23. The symposium focused on the impacts of climate change and regenerative tourism during and post COVID-19.

Tim Harris from the Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (WESGRO), talked about a collaborative approach to tourism, while Prof Christian Buer from the Heilbron University in Germany focused on sustainable tourism in Kouga.

They were followed by Dr Hugh Bartis from the Nelson Mandela Bay University, who elaborated on climate change and tourism, and Kouga Local Tourism Operator, Hantie van der Westhuizen talked about the effects of COVID-19 on the local tourism industry.

SALGA International Project Manager, Tebogo Matlou, expanded on how to build inclusive green municipalities, and The County of Prince Edward Mayor, Steve Edward, talked about destination promotional videos.

Rebecca Lamb and Ashley Stewart from the Prince Edward County Municipality in Canada concluded the symposium with their talk about regenerative tourism.

Kouga held Sustainable Tourism Symposium

Present at the symposium, are (from left) Pabala Private Nature Reserve’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Heidi Halgryn, Kouga Local Tourism Operator, Hantie van der Westhuizen, SALGA International Project Manager, Tebogo Matlou, Kouga LED and Tourism Portfolio Councillor, Frances Baxter, SALGA International Project Coordinator, Clarissa Augustine, Planning, Development and Tourism Director, Fezeka Mabusela, and Planning, Development and Tourism Office Administrator, Anescha Swart