Hout Bay Tourism Entrepreneurs Present Their Concepts!

05-open-africa1

The applicants in the Hout Bay Partnership and Open Africa “Showcasing Local Hout Bay” Experience competition presented their concepts to a panel of tourism industry experts.

Ten Hout Bay tourism entrepreneurs and teams presented their concepts for development of a small businesses that can showcase a different side of Hout Bay – not what the tourists normally see:

• Chalmers Adventures
• Ikhaya le Themba: Tours of Hope
• Karbonkelberg Hikers
• The Dinner Club
• Phola Nathi
• Izingqi zaseAfrica
• Our Story
• KMA Indigenous Music
• Sentinel Eco tours
• Imizamo Yethu African Hospitality Coop

The selection panel was comprised of:Francois Viljoen -Managing Director Open Africa; Sanele Gaqa – Hout Bay Partnership Chairman and lead in the Delivery Support Unit of the Department of the Premier;  Jacqui Elliot- CEO of The Collection Group of Hotels;  Danie van der Heever – Owner of Poseidon Guest House in Harbour Heights; and Terry Murphy – Chairman of the Hout Bay Tourism Forum. They accessed the applicants on the following criteria:

  • The creativity of the concept – how is it different to what is currently offered?
  • The feasibility of the concept – is it practical to implement?
  • The extent to which other businesses or community members will benefit – how many other businesses are included in the tour?
  • The experience of the host/guide.
  • Presentation skills and Enthusiasm!

Each applicant was given five minutes to present, followed by a discussion and questions for 10 minutes. After all the presentations were concluded the panel discussed the merits of each concept and decided to shortlist three applicants to progress to the phase. The three concepts that will proceed to the next phase are:

• Ikhaya le Themba: Tours of Hope;
• Karbonkelberg Hikers; and
• Imizamo Yethu African Hospitality Coop.

Field visits will be conducted on the 25th of November, 2016 and each of the shortlisted candidates is allowed two hours to showcase their concept. This will allow the panel to experience each concept first hand before selection of the 2 finalists are made.

For further information please contact Ashley Newell at ashley@houtbaypartnership.co.za

Read more news here