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1. ‘Wall of Wings’ Instagram Competition
Last Friday we unveiled the Wall of Wings in Brenton-on-Sea, the first completed interactive street art project being undertaken in conjunction with the Knysna Art Society.  From today, Friday 20 August we will be running an Instagram competition:  take a picture posing in front of the ‘Wall of Wings’, post it on Instagram and tag @visitknysna and #BrentonOnSea.  Key rings of the butterfly installation will be awarded to the first 100 on-site participants.
2. Tourist Guides ‘Expanded Skills Programme’: Opportunities Underway
For a while, we have been working towards assisting our local tourist guides in what we have termed an ‘expanded skills programme’ to develop a bouquet of offerings to beyond ‘township tours’.  Like the Knysna Art Project, we anticipate this being infinite with so many opportunities that can be developed into local tours. 
  • Earlier this week, we announced that through local author, Gareth Patterson, Mawande Yengwa and Helen Persello have been given the opportunity participate in the “spirit of the wild” course that will take place this year from 28th September – 4th October 2021 at Bergplaas Nature Reserve near Graaff Reinet.  After attending this course, Gareth will then further expand their knowledge base to incorporate ‘elephant stories’.
  • Philip Caveney of the Knysna Historical Society has started his sessions with the interested guides on the historical buildings in central Knysna.
  • Yesterday we introduced the guides to the opportunities being offered by the SANParks Honorary Rangers.  These will initially include 6 tour offerings, these being the endangered Knysna Seahorses, Knysna Estuary ‘mud flats’, Knysna Heads ‘rocky shores’, Litter Clean-ups, Perdekop Trail at Harkerville and the Red Elephant Trail at Diepwalle. 
Thank you to the locals who are kindly volunteering as mentors. 
3. Regional Tourism Organisations (RTO) Meeting with WESGRO & DEDAT
This week Colleen participated in the hybrid version of the RTO meeting that was held with limited numbers at Aquila Private Game Reserve.  Some very interesting information was shared and we will include reports into the weekly newsletter(s) as these are received.
4. Film:  Locations Workshop
Interested persons and businesses are invited to attend WESGRO’s Annual (Film) Locations Workshop taking place on 24 - 26 August 2021 online:  see the flyer alongside for more information.  The programme will be sent to registered attendees on Monday.  To register, click here.
5. Sho’t Left Travel Week – Reminder
A friendly reminder to ensure that you have submitted your ‘specials’ for this year’s South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left Travel Week.  Submissions must be made by 3 September for the sale that runs from 6 – 12 September.  Note that specials can be dated and discounted at your discretion. 
Read more here
6. South Africa is Travel Ready
As part of the ‘UK Red List Lobby’ Campaign, SATSA has shared the #SouthAfricaIsTravelReady Toolkit that consists of collateral including social media posts for Facebook and Instagram which can be used on your own platforms to aid in lobbying efforts to remove South Africa from the UK Red List.  To view the toolkit and to download all items available, click here.
Furthermore, whilst a number of stakeholders (including WESGRO and SATSA) continue lobbying efforts such as the 'UK Red List Lobby', SATSA have also shared an updated report on the current COVID-19 situation on the ground, which you can download here.  
7. Webinar:  Support Available for Women Who Wish to Trade Globally
Brand South Africa, through SATSA, is inviting interested women to a webinar at 12h00 on Wednesday, 25 August under the theme: “Support Available For Women Who Wish To Trade Globally”.  The webinar seeks to highlight the trade relations between South Africa and the United Kingdom. It will showcase how women can tap into the opportunities for trade and investment that are available across the world and details of how women can participate in Global Trade will be highlighted.  Panellists have been selected on the basis of their experience and expertise in trading globally. Register here
What a precious privilege it is to be alive
- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
- Marcus Aurelius
Take care, stay safe and please continue to observe protocols.

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