Cape Town - The wait is finally over… Wesgro launched the first part of the Cross Cape Cycle Route in Knysna on Friday 29 July. The company is working towards positioning the Western Cape as the cycling capital on the continent with the intention of boosting the economy of the province.
This cycling route is well-positioned to become a prominent tourist attraction, as the route has been planned to run past some of the most scenic parts of the Western Cape.
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Says Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, "By the end of March next year, our goal is to have completed the track between George and Plett. As part of this process, the signage, which complies with international standards, will be erected. We’ll also complete an audit of accommodation, existing cycle tracks and bike shops. Part of our strategy will include launching the route through an international event.”
The cycling routes run from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town and was initiated by a government strategic initiative, Khulisa that aims at creating economic growth opportunities.
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The Western Cape government exudes positive vibes in the planning and the success of this iconic route as a prominent tourist attraction, "This route will play a significant role in positioning the Western Cape as Africa's cycling trail capital, attracting cycling tourists from within South Africa and further afield." says MEC, Winde. "We are all committed to maximizing our tourism economy," says Winde.
The Chief Marketing Officer for Wesgro, Judy lain says that the Western Cape's mountainous scenes, the magnificent coastline and the safe district roads will provide cyclists with the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful scenes in the world.
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