Great welcoming stories showcased using #WelcomeSA
During the month of July, Welcome South Africa is running a social media competition, encouraging members of the tourism industry to share their most original welcome story. iPad Minis are be up for grabs for the most creative, original and unusual welcomes that are shared on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.
We want to hear the tales beyond the smiles, beyond the warm handshakes, beyond the chocolate you place on your visitors' pillows in the evening. Tell us how you went above and beyond to make the guests at your B&B, the customers at your restaurant, or the visitors on your guided tour feel welcome. Whatever you've done or said, we want to know about it.
Here are some of the best entries we've received since the beginning of the month.
On Facebook, Rita Badenhorst says: "When our guests arrives at our small fishing holiday resort I greet them with a smile and ask them in what language they would prefer me to speak to them, Afrikaans or English. I also enquire where they heard about our place and I do that only to get the conversation going. I make them feel at home by showing them around and tell them about the whales in the bay (when it is whale time), and also tell them about the birds they would see in the garden ..."
Also on Facebook, Carmen Michelle Sonnenberg said: "#WelcomeSA. Welcome them with a warm heart to our shores in SA. Take them up Carlton Centre, to a muti shop, Soweto walking tour, and then Wozabona Cultural Centre in Orlando. Not open to the public! Have to make a special appointment. Let them enjoy an African feast of mogodu, marog, mopani worms with ginger beer. Children dance and entertain them. And then I dress up as an African lady. Sit on the floor, burn impepu [sage], and serve the guests with African beer the traditional way! They love it! A wonderful way to introduce them to our country."
12 years back, my former boss gave me a gift for my birthday. It was a two night stay at Zebula Lodge in Limpopo. I didn't have a car then so a friend and I took public transport to get there. We left home (JHB) at 8am and only got there around 3pm. It was our 1st time in the province. We realised we still had a few miles to get inside the Lodge. So we called the lady who was handling our booking who in turn called her boss. About 10 minutes later a car came to pick us at the entrance. The driver offered us juice and water. It was such a nice gesture. And our stay was perfect! @sa_welcome #WelcomeSA #Zebulalodge #spa #travel #instatravel #tourism #southafrica #gamelodge #sunrise #sunset #wanderlust
When you #WelcomeSA an American tourist... You have to mention how wonderfully diverse and cultured our country is. ✌️��— #BaeSearch (@_Vollen) July 6, 2015
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