Knysna Oyster Festival is a model for virtual success

The DA in the Western Cape congratulates Knysna for adapting its traditional Oyster Festival for virtual activities. Participation in the 37 year-old festival was a great success from 27 June to 4 July, with participation from just under half-a-million individuals worldwide.

MPP Deidré Baartman says: “Knysna has shown us how the tourism industry can adopt creative approaches during the pandemic and as we head into the unchartered territory of the new-normal. The fact that the organisers were able to include a wide range of activities each modelled for virtual engagement is testament to the creative spirit and ingenuity of the people of the Western Cape.”

The festival included virtual cycling competitions, interviews with sports icons, and wellness activities such as yoga. 

MPP Baartman comments: “The impact of the virtual festival may very well lead to greater investment in Knysna’s tourism sector and the town’s economy as a whole, which can only benefit the Western Cape. Keen interest in Knysna, both locally and abroad, tells us that the safe, gradual reopening of tourism will go some way to help keep our people in jobs and save businesses in this vitally important sector.”

The DA in the Western Cape continues to call on national government to do much more to save tourism. We have previously written to the national Minister of Tourism requesting clarity on regulations and appealed for the introduction of intra-provincial leisure tourism so that towns, such as Knysna, can get back on track in the safest ways possible.

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