From the end of this week, visitors to Hermanus will be welcomed by a tablecloth-and-bedding banner, displayed in the Old Harbour – and everyone is invited to gather and celebrate this initiative on Friday 7 August at 15:00.

This unique “hospitality flag”, stitched together from squeaky-clean linen by tourism business owners, is a warm invitation to visitors from across the Western Cape. The innovative banner signals that Hermanus is collectively open for business. It also symbolises the town’s commitment to offering visitors the best of the Whale Coast in a safe, hygienic environment.    

Hermanus boasts world-class tourism experiences for domestic travellers. The southern right whales have arrived right on cue, and the cliff paths offer the perfect view of this remarkable annual migration. Restaurants, art galleries, wineries, adventure activities and nature reserves are ready for rediscovery. And so is the irresistibly beautiful countryside surrounding the town.

Hospitality establishments, business owners and their staff have used the Covid-19 lockdown period to implement hygiene and safety protocols that enable visitors to enjoy the diversity and natural beauty of the region safely. And the town’s famous champagne air is an immune booster in its own right.

“The doors and hearts of Hermanus are wide open. We can’t wait to welcome you!” says Frieda Lloyd, Cape Whale Coast Tourism Manager. “We rely on Capetonians and residents of surrounding towns to take up the open invitation we’ve extended. We have missed you and look forward to welcoming our loyal friends back!” 

Why go anywhere else, if you can go to Hermanus? The travel restrictions still in place in South Africa provide a unique opportunity for Capetonians and residents of neighbouring towns to explore beyond their neighbourhoods, and remind themselves why Hermanus is one of the premium tourist destinations in the world. 

Hermanus awaits.  See you soon.

For further enquiries, contact Frieda Lloyd on 083 305 7319 or flloyd@overstrand.gov.za

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