Knysna Tourism implores visitors to attend Oyster Fest after devastating fires

The Knysna Tourism Board has pleaded with the public to support the town by attending the annual Oyster Festival.

Knysna Tourism confirmed that the Pick 'n Pay 2017 Knysna Oyster Festival will go ahead on from 7 to 16 July 2017 as planned, despite the recent devastating fires.

It's important for us that people support the Oyster festival because you are supporting a local to get their job back.

Elmay Bouwer, chairperson of the Knysna Tourism Board

Chairperson of the Knysna Tourism board Elmay Bouwer says at least 25 accommodation establishments have been affected by the the fires.

She explains that 252 bedrooms and just over 500 beds have been lost in total.

Bouwer advises that the Knysna Hollow Country Estate experienced the greatness knock with the loss of 80 bedrooms.

She says despite the fire, Knysna has got 4000 beds available for the influx of visitors expected for the drawcard event.

In the case that accommodation in Knysna runs out, Bouwer says they will rely on neighbouring towns Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield for support and will provide of shuttle service transpiration.

She says the board is in the process of providing contingency accommodation to those who had already booked their travel.

Knysna has so far lost 2 500 jobs as a result of the fires, mostly in the tourism sector, Bouwer explains.

She maintains that all the activities are still running and has encouraged people to visit and support to restore jobs.

The Knysna Tourism Board is busy conducting a formal survey about the effects of the fire on local tourism in order to provide official statistics

Check out the Visit Knysna website to confirm your accommodation booking.

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