Visit Knysna appoints new General Manager

Visit Knysna Tourism Office is pleased to announce that Colleen Durant has been appointed as the new General Manager as of 11 February 2019.

Boasting 11 years of industry experience, Durant has spent the last four years as Race Director for IRONMAN South Africa. Her previous industry experience includes Acting Managing Director of Tourism Buffalo City for East London and the surrounds, as  well as CEO of Emfuleni Corridor Tourism, a section 21 Company with Sun International.

“The appointment follows an extensive search both provincially and nationally,” said Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain. “We believe that Durant’s prior  experience in the public and private sector, coupled with her impressive skill set will be the perfect combination  to optimise the promotion of the greater Knysna area as a preferred tourism destination.”

With extensive  experience in events management and promotion – Durant opened her own business  called Maverick Events & Promotions prior to being head-hunted by the Buffalo City Municipality Amenities Department to fill the position of Sports Marketing Officer – Visit Knysna looks forward to seeing what innovations Durant can  bring to the already popular Knysna Oyster Festival.

Wesgro CEO, Tim  Harris, said: “On behalf of Wesgro and our board, we would  like to thank Marcia Holms for temporarily filling the role for the past 3 months, we similarly extend a warm welcome to Colleen and wish her well in her  new position. We look forward to her contribution to growing Knysna tourism.”

Minister for Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, commented: “Colleen  Durant brings with her a wealth of experience in the tourism and events sector  and we wish her well as she takes on her new role. The appointment of the GM is  a significant milestone for Visit Knysna, providing the leadership and  stability required to market and grow tourism in the town. Growing tourism  across the province is key to growing our economy, and as such Colleen will  receive our full support.”

“We congratulate Ms Durant  and look forward to welcoming her to Knysna. We are confident that with her  vast experience she will bring the necessary change and growth the Greater  Knysna tourism industry deserve,” said Knysna Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse.

Albert Lombaard, the Chair of Knysna Tourism Association, concluded: “We  are pleased to welcome a permanent General Manger to Visit Knysna. We urge  everyone in the greater Knysna tourism value chain, from the Municipality  through to the private sector, to work together to support the team at Visit  Knysna to make this partnership a success.”

Visit Knysna, a division of the  Wesgro’s Destination Marketing Unit, has been mandated by Knysna Municipality  to assist with local tourism promotion and visitor services for the Greater  Knysna area. Visit Knysna is based on 40 Main Road, Knysna.

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