Durban Tourism is optimistic about this year’s Easter holidays and expecting the tourists’ activity to generate billions into the economy of the City.  Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede, said the City expects more than 360 000 visitors to Durban, which is expected to generate R870m in direct spend and an estimated R1.5bn into the City’s economy.   This is expected to create and sustain more than 3100 jobs,” she said. 

“As it stands, our hotel occupancy rate is sitting at an average 70% and we are confident that these numbers will grow as we move closer to the Easter period,” added Gumede. 

The City is optimistic that their marketing efforts will yield positive results and see the hospitality and tourism sector play a big role and inject billions into the economy of the City.  

Furthermore, the City goes to this year’s Easter period with a number of new tourism products like the Station Road precinct and a number of new restaurants in and around our townships and along the beach promenade.  

“These new products will give our visitors a variety of choices in terms of places to visit, activities to do and adventures to undertake.  This helps a lot in terms of extending the stay of our visitors in the City.  This will then have a positive impact in the coffers of the City as it would mean an increased spend from our visitors,” explained Gumede. 

This boom is expected to be propelled even further by the lined up of many major events that will be hosted in Durban during this period.  

“Our message to those who will be coming to Durban for their Easter break is that they must brace themselves for a time of their lives.  We have put together a number of nice packages as part of our Funseason campaign, to ensure that people will have a memorable experience during their stay in Durban.  To those that have not made up their minds as yet, I would encourage them to visit our website and view these packages and make that booking, Durban is the place to be this Ester,” she exclaimed.  

Visitors to Durban can look forward to major upcoming events including:

  • The Durban Picnic Day
    The annual Durban Picnic Day captures the essence of a truly family day, with fun activities for the whole family and a line-up of entertainment that caters for everyone. Durban Picnic Day offers a perfect mix of music genres from hip-hop, rock, dance, house and Durban kwaito. Crowds could look forward to an exhilarating line up of artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Kwesta, Kid X and Crazy white Boy, just to name a few.
    16 April Moses Mabhida Stadium,
     Peoples Park
    12:00   R200 – R500 031 582 8222 or Computicket

  • UMHLANGA TOURISM EASTER FESTIVAL
    14 – 17 April 
    Umhlanga Main Beach  
    031 561 4257

  • EXPLORE THE GARDENS EASTER EGG TRAIL 
    15 – 16 April 
    Durban Botanical Gardens 
    8:30  
    R35 – R90 
    083 6277249 or info@theeventcompanysa.co.za

  • HANDEL`S MESSIAH 
    16 April Playhouse 
    15:00  
    R80 – R100 
    031 369 9555 or Computicket

In anticipation for this influx, Durban Tourism has put together a number of discounted packages from various product owners, for people visiting Durban, and these can be found at the Durban Tourism website: www.durbanexperience.co.za