Over the hard lockdown I had the opportunity to make new connections and collaborations, and try out my hand at writing for different magazines one a new travel magazine with a focus on domestic tourism and the other a lifestyle magazine all the way in China.
To read some of the articles click on the links below:
Mash Magazine is run by a young man from Limpopo, I met him through one of my WhatsApp network groups, with a shared passion for tourism I found myself in the middle of a pandemic writing articles on travel. Our focus: domestic tourism because there is so much to share about our beautiful 9 Provinces.
The lesson from this pandemic has been that local and domestic tourism is not a “maybe” business, it’s an important one: the more we have locals travelling and creating unique experiences out of their everyday surroundings the better chances of creating stronger local economies. When borders close, economies that rely on external tourists were severely impacted and how do you begin selling to someone you never envisioned as your customer?
What Covid has given us is a clear idea that as South Africa we have to create a stronger domestic market both at local level and across provinces. It also made it very clear that we need to pay better wages so we can have more people participating in tourism experiences. If people are not being paid enough we will never grow this market to a level where we sustain livelihoods’.
When borders close, when provinces lockdown we need locals to be the biggest supporters and this is the business we should be growing because without it there are fewer jobs for locals
I’ve never written for a foreign magazine so when this opportunity came up I thought “why not?” I’m happy to try my hand at new things even if they scare me. I did wonder what someone in China could possibly learn from me. I put doubt aside and I’m happy to see it was published.
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