Ultra-modern new cruise terminal planned for Durban

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€2.2 billion Point Waterfront development to transform beach promenade into new tourism hub

Durban Harbour is the busiest port in Southern Africa. It has the second busiest container terminal in Africa, and it is poised to become home to a €12.5 million cruise terminal, which on its completion is expected to position Durban as a major player in the global cruise tourism economy.

The construction of the cruise terminal will complement the € 2.2 billion Point Waterfront development which is underway and is expected to transform the beach promenade into a multi- billion tourism and investment hub of the City. The cruise terminal is a brain child of the partnership between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) and the eThekwini Municipality, is expected to be completed in October 2020.

Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony for the Point Waterfront development, Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede said the city of Durban, said she was very enthusiastic to see these partnerships in infrastructure investments in Durban as they will make a huge contribution in increasing the city’s tourism and investment appeal: “What makes us more excited is that all these investments do not only advance our economic development agenda, but they do so in a manner that has a direct impact into the lives of our people. We are aware that the tourism and hospitality sector has a direct and immediate impact in improving the lives of our people through job

creation and skills development. In this regard, we are humbled that even the private sector is showing a huge appetite of investing in Durban, particularly in the infrastructure drive that underpins our government policy.”

Durban already has a booming cruise tourism economy and is home to the busiest port in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 20 ocean-going ship movements per day. From March 3, 2019 to April 4, 2019, the City of Durban is expecting six more major cruise liners to grace its shores namely: Pacific Princes, Crystal Serenity, Seabourn Sojourn; Saga Pearl 3, Le Lyrial, and Silver Whisper. There are pre-planned itineraries for these cruise liners which includes the Valley of 1000 Hills, City Tours, and shopping.

Durban Tourism, in partnership with SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority), is working together to bring even more cruise liners onto our shores, and influencing their itineraries. Influencing itineraries is even more important because it will create an opportunity for equal geographical spread/equal visitor dispersal into all four regions of the city.

This move takes the city a step closer to its long-held objective of creating a truly global City that is both investment and tourism friendly. Some of the world class experiences that visitors can look forward to exploring include:

MARITIME HERITAGE
Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum Offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life while also reflecting on the rigors and romance of lives lived at sea.

WILSON WHARF
With its incomparable harbour views, Wilson Wharf is Durban trendiest fusion of fun food, top shows and craft, blended with rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways.

WHALING HISTORY
Explore another side of Durban’s fascinating history of Whaling tour. The Whaling history of Durban started in 1907 when the Norwegian Console in Durban raised money to start an operation.

CONSERVATION LEGACY EXPERIENCE
Bluff Eco Park Trails, Bird Watching, Bluff Nature Reserve, Steinbank Nature Reserve, Trail Beaches, Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

These investments will not only change the landscape and make Durban more appealing to visitors, says Durban Tourism, but will also provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive.

Hall 20 / Stand 138