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TOURISM INDUSTRY GEARS UP FOR A MARULA SEASON THRILLER

January 29, 2019

LIMPOPO PROVINCE; POLOKWANE: Against the backdrop of a bumper festive season and a successful launch of the 2019 Limpopo Marula Festival at Palala Game Lodge and Spa in the Waterberg Region of Limpopo Province, the Chief Executive Officer of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu, calls upon the tourism industry and service sector to gear-up for the 2019 Marula season. The season has commenced with a bang after the media launch of Limpopo Marula Festival presided over by the MEC of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) on 18 January 2019 in Lephalale.

The Limpopo Annual Marula Festival is an opportunity to remind the citizens of Limpopo as well as the South African population that the wealth of the people rests within their respective communities.

Currently, more than 1500 rural women derive direct and indirect benefits from the seasonal Marula activities between January and March every year around all Districts of the Province when taking into account the harvesting activities and supply to Distell, a partner that Government are constantly engaging to assist the province in the sustenance of this Industry.

During the media launch MEC for LEDET Seaparo Sekoati unveiled the new theme for the next five years “Discover the Wealth of Marula”. “It is against this background that we would like to call upon the tourism industry to be creative and come up with appetizing packages to be geared for the Marula season influx, said CEO of LTA, Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu.

She further said, “Our wish is to have visitors, especially those Visiting Family and Friends (VFR) spending more time in the Province using tourism facilities at their disposal to contribute to tourism and economic growth of the Province. We also need to have festival goers arrive early in Phalaborwa and experience the various tourism offerings in the mining town and surrounding areas and attractions like Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit Endangered Spices Centre, Agatha Crocodile Ranch in Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours, Zwakala Brewery, Modjadji Cycad Forest, etc.”

During the two weeks of celebration, the town of Phalaborwa records full occupancy in the hospitality sector while the excess will go to neighboring towns of Tzaneen and Hoedspruit. The Bollanoto Tourism Information Centre will assist those who will be looking for accommodation during this time but the Ba-Phalaborwa Tourism Association has also come up with innovative ways of assisting those without accommodation by utilizing homestays for visitors to enjoy a unique experience in family homes. We also urge tourism products owners and those who offer other tourism related services to enlist their products on leading tourism traveling apps such as Bookings.com, Trip Adviser, Lastminute.com and Trivago, but also to load their packages www.shotleft.co.za

Air B&B is another opportunity for homeowners to also benefit from the festival by listing those extra rooms and cottages in their homes on this platform.

“As Limpopo Tourism Agency, we are very excited about how Limpopo Marula Festival grown both in stature and profile since its inception thirteen years ago. The festival now attracts over 30 000 visitors from Limpopo, rest of South Africa and internationally over the two weekend period. It is estimated that about 90% of the visitors are local that is, South African (mainly Limpopo) while 10% constitutes international visitors. The festival has a positive impact on the destination, especially Phalaborwa area, and has inspired a different thinking about what the province can do in relation to Agri-tourism. We are already seeing celebrations of berries and mangos with festivals that are becoming famous in the province, for example, the upcoming Magoebaskloof Berry Festival on 2-3 February 2019. This will further inspire other forms of tourism like Business Events (e.g. Marula Conference) and even wine tourism. The province prides itself with single grain crafters that produce whisky and gin locally. We are optimistic these innovations will not only help grow tourism and economy of the province, but will also profile Limpopo as a fruit basket of the country and a bucket list destination in South Africa”, concluded Ndlovu.

Please visit the www.shotleft.co.za and www.golimpopo.com for the latest specials. Keep the conversations going on social media by following the festival social media handles for the latest updates using hashtag #MarulaFest19 #WIllYouBeThere #ShareLimpopo

For more information you can visit www.limpopomarulafest.co.za or www.ledet.gov.za

“Discover the wealth in Marula”

A few of the activities for 2019 Limpopo Marula Festival include but not limited to the following:

 

ACTIVITY

DATE

VENUE

Media Launch

18th January 2019

18H00

Waterberg District, Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa

Festival of the First Fruit (Ku Luma Nguva/ Go Loma Morula- Build up activities.

19th January 2019 -16th February 2019

10H00 - 16H00

Ba-Phalaborwa–Traditional Authorities

Limpopo Marula Festival Street Parade.

22nd February 2019

10H00 - 18H00

Phalaborwa Town- Impala Park Stadium

Limpopo Marula Funfair Park.

22rd February to 3rd March 2019

8H00 - 22H00 daily

Impala Park Stadium

 

Limpopo Marula Festival Kwaito Youth Concert.

23rd -24th February 2019

06H00PM - 06H00AM

Impala Park Stadium

 

Limpopo Marula Festival 4x4 Challenge.

23rd February 2019

08H00 - 17H00

Hlolwa Lodge

 

Limpopo Marula Festival Youth Rugby (Bulletjies)

23rd February 2019

8H00 - 16H00

Groen Skool

Limpopo Marula Festival Cuisine Ala Marula Long-Table event.

28th February 2019

17H00 - 23H00

Mopani TVET College

Limpopo Marula Festival Tourism Career Fair.

25th  February to 1st March 2019

08H00 - 16H00

Impala Park Stadium Sports Hall

 

Limpopo Marula Festival Tourism Exhibition.

25th  February to 2nd March 2019

08H00 - 18H00

Weldevy Park (next Caltex)

 

Limpopo Marula Festival Golf Challenge Pro-Am and Sponsors’ Day

1st and 2nd March 2019

6H30 - 18H00

Hans Merensky Golf Club

 

Limpopo Marula Festival Half Marathon (21,1 KM, 10KM and 5KM Fun Run)

23rd February 2019

06H00 - 14H00

Bollanoto Information Centre

 

Limpopo Marula Festival Open Air Concert ( Gospel and Jazz Festival)

2nd -3rd March 2019 (for Gospel and Jazz Genres) 06H00PM - 06H00AM

Impala Park Stadium

 

 

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