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Plettenberg Bay and #SafeTravels accreditation

Published: October 15th, 2020
Plettenberg Bay and #SafeTravels accreditation

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)  in conjunction with the South African tourism industry, has created a self-certified Safe Travel Stamp based on worldwide industry protocols the WTTC has put together for every aspect of the hospitality and tourism sector. 

The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

The Western Cape has recently been awarded the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) certification to recognise the Western Cape towns and their tourism community as compliant with internationally ...more

Travelling: COVID-19 safety

Published: September 20th, 2020
Travelling: COVID-19 safety

Guidelines for travelling under Level 1:


1.      Keep your mask/face covering on at all times in all forms of public and passenger transport (bus, taxi, cab, aeroplane, train, etc.)

2.      Masks must be worn correctly, covering your nose and mouth, and must be put on and removed safely by the straps/strings/bands.

3.      If you are driving alone or with members of your household, remember to keep your mask on at petrol stations, toll gates, and other stops along your journey where you come into contact with others.

4.      Keep a bottle of sanitiser on you at all times.

5.      Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others, in queues and other public places. If someone is standing ...more

Plett Tourism working hard to keep Plett in minds & hearts of guests

Published: August 31st, 2020
Plett Tourism working hard to keep Plett in minds & hearts of guests From the CEO’s desk

Dear members of the Plett Tourism Industry,

Marius Venter, CEO Plett Tourism

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a tourism economy crisis globally. In the US, the COVID-19 impact point currently sits at less 60% for international tourism in 2020. For South Africa, this would be a welcome figure. As we are all well-aware, our domestic tourism in SA is expected to recover more quickly. It offers the main chance for driving recovery, particularly in SA where the sector supports many jobs and businesses.

The direct impact of this crisis is being felt through the global tourism industry. Working alongside key stakeholders like ...more

Video: Jerusalema ‘World Record’ attempt in Plettenberg Bay

Published: August 31st, 2020
Video: Jerusalema ‘World Record’ attempt in Plettenberg Bay Watch Plett's Jerusalema 'World Record' attempt

Watch the official video of Plett's Jerusalema Dance Challenge, which was arguably a world record judging by the number of people who participated.

The event took place during Covid-19 Lockdown in Main Street Plettenberg Bay on Saturday 22 August 2020, with the participants following strict social distancing protocols.

Plett beaches to reopen this week

Published: August 16th, 2020
Plett beaches to reopen this week Plett beaches to reopen this week 

Plett's beaches will officially reopen on Tuesday 18th August after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Saturday night that the country would be moving to Alert Level 2 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

For details on this and other restrictions which have been lifted, click on the info-graphics below for a list of new regulations.

New Level 2 Regulations

Bitou Covid-19 Response Team Newsletter 13 August 2020

Published: August 13th, 2020
Bitou Covid-19 Response Team Newsletter                                                         13 August 2020 Dear Bitou Community Member,


The Bitou Covid 19 Response Team is now working closely with the newly constituted Plett Volunteers, an organisation started by Rob Bokelmann and the tireless individuals who have been coordinating food aid as a platform for the recruitment and coordination of volunteers, the sharing of information and the sourcing of funding to keep this important initiative, alive. 

The platform was obviously created with the current pandemic as context, but with the vision that it can be used for future humanitarian needs, as well.

Read the full newsletter

When will flights to Plett resume?

Published: August 9th, 2020
When will flights to Plett resume?

Over the past few weeks Plett Tourism has been working alongside key stakeholders CEMAIR, the Bitou Municipality and the Plett Business Chamber to engage with the CAA to ensure the Plett Airport will be ready to reopen with full COVID compliance.

The CAA visited the Plett Airport on Friday 7 August. The inspection went very well, with recommendations for a few minor changes. These were pointed out and they will be addressed over the course of the next week.

We anticipate approval to open the airport by 1 September 2020. Thank you to CEMAIR and the Bitou Municipality for their continuous commitment, dedication, and hard work in support of reactivating the tourism industry in Plett.

SASFED & NETFLIX Collaborate on COVID-19 Film & TV Relief Fund

Published: July 29th, 2020
SASFED & NETFLIX Collaborate on COVID-19 Film & TV Relief Fund

The South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), has announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund in collaboration with Netflix to provide emergency relief to the hardest-hit workers in South Africa’s creative community.

Netflix will donate over ZAR 8, 3 million, which will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, who will screen the applications for eligibility as well as disburse the funds to beneficiaries. The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated creative communities all around the world, including South Africa, with many film and TV productions experiencing disruptions that ...more

Plett’s restaurants join the #JobsSaveLives protest

Published: July 22nd, 2020
Plett’s restaurants join the #JobsSaveLives protest

Plett's restaurant industry has joined the protests against the government's regulation on their industry, which includes the sale of alcohol in their establishments during Covid-19 lockdown, and the early closing of their premises due to the curfew time of 9pm.

Many restaurants in town set up tables and chairs on the sidewalk and on the side of the road, and employees were seen holding placards as they stood in solidarity against the regulations that prevent them from serving alcohol to diners, and limiting the amount of time diners have due to the curfew restrictions.

Listen: 5FM chats to Plett Rage’s Ronen Klugman

Published: July 21st, 2020
Listen: 5FM chats to Plett Rage’s Ronen Klugman

If you missed the 10 min discussion about #PlettRage2020 on Thursday's 5FM afternoon drive with Nick Hamman and would like to find out what was discussed, listen here!

With so much already taken away from the Class of 2020, we are determined to be the beacon of hope allowing you to experience the freedom, expression, and coming together within the 'new normal' and COVID-19 health & safety regulations.

For survival – Birds of Eden in Huisgenoot

Published: July 13th, 2020
For survival – Birds of Eden in Huisgenoot

Pick up a copy of the latest Huisgenoot magazine and on page 20 you'll see some familiar faces.

Plett's "Birds of Eden Team" had to dig deep during lockdown to keep all the birds and wildlife in their park fed and healthy, and Huisgenoot magazine visited them recently to uncover the story.

You can read all about it in the print copy of Huisgenoot.

An update on the recent months under lockdown

Published: July 8th, 2020
An update on the recent months under lockdown From the CEO’s desk

Dear members of the Plett Tourism Industry,

Marius Venter, CEO Plett Tourism

We will soon be entering our 4th month of national lockdown restrictions and our hearts go out to the entire community of Plettenberg Bay as we tally-up the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones due to this terrible virus. It cannot be overstated how unprecedented this time is for the global community. The tourism industry has ground to a halt, for our clients, for our company, and for each of us. Let’s hope that this period in time will be a defining experience for our era, and one that we ...more