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1. Stakeholders Engagement – 10h30 on 28 July
A reminder that the next stakeholders engagement will take place at 10h30 on Wednesday, 28 July 2021 at Villa Castollini.  We will give an update and then the Knysna Municipality will update on the way forward for tourism.  Please be sure to RSVP by 10h00 on Monday, 16 July as we need to confirm tea/coffee requirements which will be served from 10h00 on Wednesday at registration.  Numbers will be limited.
2. Knysna Oyster Festival “Limited Edition” – feedback / debrief
This week we shared a survey for feedback on this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival “Limited Edition”. 

Yesterday, we hosted a steering committee meeting for feedback opportunity from each of the sector representatives:  a summary report is currently being collated.  Again, thank you to all the sector leaders and everyone involved.  

Feedback already garnered is that “there was great community engagement and commitment, even if just in the programme planning before Level 4 lockdown was implemented and unfortunately many activations had to be pulled.  It was encouraging that the community worked together towards the programme of offerings.” 

Conversations have started towards next year’s event, with priority being to try secure sponsorships – if anyone has any leads?
3. Knysna Interactive Art Project – Sedgefield ‘Love Bug’ Beetle
One of the items that unfortunately had to be removed from the Knysna Oyster Festival Programme was “Sedgefield Day” – which included the launch of the ‘Love Bug’ Beetle.  However, the mosaic work has been happening behind the scenes and waiting for the removal of Level 4 in order to continue onsite towards the unveiling of this exciting landmark selfie location.  This week’s media feature was on the work that has taken place “behind the scenes” towards the final execution.  Read more here 

Work is also continuing on the updating of the “Mosaic Route (Tour) Map”.  The updated edition will be launched with the unveiling of the ‘Love Bug’.
4. Sho’t Left Campaign – September Month, with South African Tourism
In last week’s newsletter, we shared information and dates for this year’s Travel Week Sho’t Left Campaign content, as per the webinar that we had participated in.
Please see the presentation now received and information on loading your discount offering onto the portal
5. TERS update
On 16 July, the Minister of Employment and Labour signed the Direction, as shared here, for UIF to be implemented for currently affected sectors.  Applications opened on 19 July and payments will commence on 26 July. 

Please see SATSA’s update for further guidance on the process UIF to start paying COVID-19 TERS benefits directly to workers
6. Impact evaluation of COVID-19 on the tourism sector
The Department of Tourism has contracted HS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS to conduct an impact evaluation of COVID-19 on the tourism sector. Kindly forward the link/questionnaire to tourism businesses on your databases. The outcomes of the impact evaluation will assist the department in developing appropriate strategies, interventions and plans that will seek to support tourism enterprises, especially small, micro and medium enterprises. 
Read more here
A bright future beckons. The onus is on us, through hard work,
honesty and integrity, to reach for the stars.
- Nelson Mandela
Take care, stay safe and please continue to observe protocols.

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