And with direct flights from London Heathrow commencing at the end of the month, KZN has made a start on one of its top three objectives: to increase foreign arrivals to 3.4m by 2030. In Durban, several inner city developments are underway, including the R40m Point Waterfront that ‘will ensure the city lives true to being the ‘Miami of Africa’,’ according to KZN’s minister for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs, Sihle Zikalala. ‘Durban already enjoys the position of Africa’s leading cruise destination and the R215 million upgrade of the cruise terminal, which is due to open its doors in 2020, will greatly boost the tourist experience,’ he says.
Speaking at Africa’s Travel Indaba earlier this year, Zikalala outlined a raft of other plans for Durban including the Durban Iconic Tower that will be the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere (R7.3b) and the Durban Film City (R7.5b). Extensions to existing developments include Umhlanga’s Beverly Hills Hotel, Suncoast Hotel, Oceans Umhlanga that will incorporate the Radisson, and Gateway Theatre of Shopping. In the north of the province, Tinley Manor Beach Resort (R1.2b) and Blythedale Coastal Resort (R350m) are in the pipeline.