Jamaican Tourism Board and South African Tourism see value in Community Tourism Study Tour
Before leaving for Jamaica in mid-February, the CCTNSA (Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, South Africa Team) met with representatives of South African Tourism to discuss the Tour and it objectives. SA Tourism encouraged the CCTNSA Team to build relationships with Tourism stakeholders in Jamaica and encouraged the Team to distribute SA promotional items, including South African flags and DVD’s, during their visit to Jamaica.
Says CCTNSA’s Don Leffler “we were excited about the response from SA Tourism and were able to proudly fly the South African flag at events in Jamaica, including those attended by representatives from the Jamaican Tourism Board. In particular, we received a huge welcome at the Marcus Garvey 125th Birthday Celebration at Resource where the South African High Commissioner to the Caribbean, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, was a special guest.”
Founder and President of CCTN in Jamaica, Diana McIntyre-Pike, and her Team including Dr. Joan Dove, had arranged a special welcome for the South African Study Group when they landed at Montego Bay. Says CCTNSA’s Mapula Tlhagale “ we were welcomed at the airport by staff from the Jamaican Tourist Board and were treated like VIP’s. The JTB staff were so gracious in their welcome and supported all stages of our study tour.”
The Jamaican Tourist Board hosted a special Welcome function at which each South African delegate was presented with a Meet ‘n Greet Certificate. Nikki De Pina said “the Jamaican Tourist Board were so supportive of the study tour and met the CCTNSA Team in Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville.”
It was clear from various functions which were attended by the CCTNSA Study Group that the Tourism representatives of both Jamaica and South Africa were committed to fostering relationships between the two countries. South Africa’s High Commissioner to the Caribbean, Mathu Joyini, acknowledged the efforts and support from the Jamaica Tourism Board and from South African Tourism. She said “our countries share a special bond and understanding and it has been a pleasure to experience the warm welcome shown to the South African study group by the Jamaican Tourism Board”.
Says CCTNSA’s Bernadette Nickol ‘we believe that this will be the first of many exchange programmes to grow our relationships and to support each other in the growth in Community Tourism initiatives”.
CCTNSA is arranging a further educational tour to the Caribbean and, says Don Leffler, “also intends supporting sport and culture exchange programmes between the two countries”.
Victor Sibeko said “we acknowledge the efforts of both the Jamaica Tourism Board and South African Tourism for their support and their commitment to growing the excellent relationship which exists between South Africa and Jamaica”.
Sandra A. Scott, Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing of the Jamaica Tourism Board said “I trust that the South African study group enjoyed their visit to Jamaica and will share their experiences with their countryfolk back in South Africa. We look forward to similar tours in the future”.