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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


Exploring ways to bring relief to the people and businesses of greater Bitou

Published: May 26th, 2020
Exploring ways to bring relief to the people and businesses of greater Bitou From the CEO’s desk

Dear members of the Plett Tourism Industry,

Marius Venter, CEO Plett Tourism

I would like to start this letter by extending my very sincere gratitude to each one of you for the role you are playing in contributing towards the defeat of the COVID-19 Coronavirus by implementing all the required protocols to keep your employees and both present and future customers safe. It is vital that each of us diligently follow these protocols at all times if we are to negotiate ourselves through this crisis in the shortest possible period of time.  

I hope you and your family are and remain safe and secure. This has been a ...more


Joint Letter Plett Tourism and Business Chamber

Published: May 5th, 2020
Joint Letter Plett Tourism and Business Chamber

Dear Plett Residents,

No doubt the Covid-19 lock down has come as a massive shock to all of you but none more so than those who either own a business or otherwise earn a living in the Bitou area.

The extension of the lock down for a further 2-week period has undoubtedly caused even more concern but in many ways the most frightening aspect of the entire exercise is yet to come and that is re-entering the work place with great concern as to what you will find when you get there.

In many ways it will be a bit like re-entering an area after a natural disaster. Nothing will be the same. If it was back to business as usual, some hard work and determination would soon rectify the ...more


The mood is uncertain, but hopeful for the future

Published: April 24th, 2020
The mood is uncertain, but hopeful for the future From the CEO’s desk

Dear members of the Plett Tourism Industry,

In a sobering analysis of the state of our local tourism industry, we have experienced a substantial loss in visitor spending in the first 90 days of the COVID-19 crisis. My observation of those involved in the tourism and hospitality industry is that the mood is uncertain and extremely concerned, but hopeful for the future.

Marius Venter, CEO Plett Tourism

Our community and the entire tourism industry have never been confronted with anything like this in that we are dealing with both a global health crisis and a dire economic emergency caused by the crisis at the same time. The more we address the one ...more


The Corona virus – Slowing the spread and flattening the curve

Published: April 10th, 2020
The Corona virus – Slowing the spread and flattening the curve From the CEO’s desk

Dear Plett Residents

This is a long letter concerning a vitally important subject so please bear with me. It will take you about 10 minutes to read but following the recommendations contained below may save your life and/or the lives of your loved ones, so please persevere and take note.

Marius Venter, CEO Plett Tourism

I had initially intended that a second letter would follow closely upon the heels of my initial “From the CEO’s Desk” letter to the town urging that we “take the Coronavirus crisis seriously and act responsibly” but we at Plett Tourism have been so busy managing the crisis with which our town is faced, answering ...more