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Last modified: 24 May 2019
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Kouga to benefit from international Tourism programme

24 May 2019
Paying respect to Khoi icon Sarah Baartman at Hankey were students Neven Starcevic, Cynthia Akwar, Mitu Bati, Isabella Cravotta, Trang Nguyen, Kouga intern Nomakhaya Zono and Nina Kleibes, one of the programme coordinators from Heilbronn.

Paying respect to Khoi icon Sarah Baartman at Hankey were students Neven Starcevic, Cynthia Akwar, Mitu Bati, Isabella Cravotta, Trang Nguyen, Kouga intern Nomakhaya Zono and Nina Kleibes, one of the programme coordinators from Heilbronn.

Seven students from around the globe are set to help grow Kouga's Tourism industry.
The students, who hail from seven different countries but all study Tourism at Heilbron University in Germany, visited Kouga this week to gather information and experience first-hand what the region has to offer. 
Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the students had chosen to do their Master's projects about sustainable Tourism development in the Kouga region. 
"Three of the students are researching the viability of a zero-energy hotel for the region while the other four are conducting a general market analysis, aimed at identifying ways to increase tourist numbers outside the peak seasons," he said. 
"Their research will be invaluable, both in Kouga's efforts to grow the local Tourism industry and our battle against climate change."
The students were hosted by Kouga Municipality and visited various tourist attractions, including, the grave of Khoi icon Sarah Baartman at Hankey and Jeffreys Bay's world-renowned surfing spot Supertubes, where preparations are already under way for the Corona Open J'Bay in July. 
They also met with Tourism roleplayers, including, the Kouga Local Tourism Organisation, Supertubes Foundation and the Humansdorp Museum Association.
Hendricks said Kouga was excited to partner with the students. 
"It's wonderful to have such a diverse mix of young people applying their minds to growing our Tourism industry," he said. 
"The students hail from Vietnam, Nepal, Mexico, Panama, Cameroon, Italy and Croatio, which gives them a vast understanding of what tourists from different backgrounds are looking for."
He said the students' visit is one of the first spin-offs of Kouga's climate change partnership with the German municipality Ilsfeld. 
"Together with Nelson Mandela University, the municipality is also working on establishing a broader student exchange programme with Germany for Kouga's youth," he said.