KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: SIGNIFICANT progress has been made towards the development of the first billion rand internationally branded 700 metre beach resort in Tinley Town, on the KZN North Coast and ten kilometre north of King Shaka International Airport.
MEC Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala, said in a speech that was delivered on his behalf by MEC of Public Works, Ravi Pillay, at the briefing at Africa’s Travel Indaba said: “This exciting billion-rand tourism development has been years in the making and it will reinforce Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as a truly world-class and global destination.”
An internationally-renowned resort operator will run the landmark North Coast development that will attract international visitors.
It is expected that the first planeload of international guests will fly in for a week’s holiday in 2022 when it officially opens.
Tourism KZN (TKZN), Trade & Investment KZN (TIKZN) and Tongaat Hulett Property, the landowners- had played a pivotal role in facilitating the project and a Memorandum of Agreement was recently signed between Tongaat Hulett Property and the international resort operator.
The project was expected to create thousands of jobs for the local community, guests heard.
As a world-class tourism product, this landmark development will attract international visitors and invariably, contribute to foreign direct investment.
This project is expected to unearth transformation opportunities and create thousands of jobs for the local community as a catalyst for accelerated tourism-related development on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
The fact that an international renowned Resort Operator is part of the equation is a full testament to the projected success of the international beach resort.
Global tourism experts have welcomed the decision from Tourism KZN officials and said the missing piece in the region’s tourism jigsaw was the internationally-run beach resort. Leading hotelier Mike Jackson, who is on the TKZN board, and who attended the breakfast briefing, welcomed the news about the resort.
Although it would be competition-he runs the Zimbali resort hotels near Ballito-the new planned resort further north would make the destination more attractive.
“There will be spin-offs for everyone,” he said.
Chris Du Toit, commercial head of Tongaat Hulett Property said later: “The transaction with the operator is coming to a conclusion. Further details would be announced by the end of the year. This is going to be a true beachfront resort.”