New KwaZulu Cruise Terminal set to make Port of Durban 'world-class'

2017-05-30 13:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - After more than two years of trying to find the right bidder, KwaZulu Cruise Terminal has been selected to developed Durban's new cruise terminal, as a Joint Venture between @MSCcruisesSA & BEE partner Africa Armada Consortium. 

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and eThekwini Municipality confirmed the preferred bidder at a ceremony held at the Port of Durban on Tuesday, 30 May. KwaZulu Cruise Terminal will design, finance, construct, operate, maintain & transfer the Durban Cruise Terminal planned for A and B berths.

The TNPA initially issued an open tender for the new port in 2015, requesting proposals for the cruise terminal facility - with the development put on hold previously due to a failed bid.

But with the preferred bidder in place, the new terminal is now expected to align with planned development around the Durban Point Waterfront and uShaka Marine World and will operate on a seasonal basis in line with the cruise liner schedules.

SEE: All aboard MSC’s new cruise ship + brand new island cruise offering for SA

Marine and Coastal Tourism has been outlined by the Department of Tourism's strategy to boost domestic and international tourism in South Africa, while contributing to job creation and the economy.

SEE: Marine and Coastal Tourism strategy set to grow economy, boost tourism

In a recent interview with Traveller24,  Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa says there are some “exciting upcoming areas like the oceans economy, with new products that will expand the experiences in our country”. 

“We now have the opportunity to put together and anchor projects in that space – the sea, along the coast, with infrastructure development to attract more tourism.”

Xasa also says that “South Africa is building two cruise liners and South Africans will be trained to work in these.” When asked if these cruise liners will be similar to the MSC, she says “We are going to partner with them.” - Read more here.

As the successful tender applicant KwaZulu Cruise Terminal will now manage the facilities over a 25-year period, aiming to develop a multipurpose facility made up of a conference and exhibitions venue as well include retail and entertainment facilities. 

ALSO SEE: Welcoming of the Whales: Africa's first whale conference to be held in Durban

Another exciting development on the SA Ocean's Economy Tourism horizon for Durban is the announcement that it will host the Welcoming of the Whales festival and the first Whale conference in Africa come June. 

The World Whale Conference takes place from 24 June to 29 June, while Durban will host its first Welcoming of The Whales Festival on 24 June, with the theme “Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans” in support of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. See full details here.

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