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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

(23.02.2001 , South Africa, Mossel Bay )
Bartolomeu Dias Museum at INDABA!

The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex in Mossel Bay is one of the few Cultural and Historical Museum attractions exhibiting at the INDABA Tourism show in Durban.

INDABA is the South African Tourism Market where all major players in the tourism industry get together annually to meet potential clients and other products.

John Thackray, Marketing and Auxiliary Services Manager at the Museum Complex says: "It is important that Mossel Bay and its famous Museum Complex be represented at this annual show. The Tourism potential - especially historical tourism - of Mossel Bay, is great and has to be fully developed for the benefit of the entire community. The diverse cultures and magnificence of the local community are wonderfully depicted here and it is truly a 'place where Cultures meet!' as our slogan indicates."

The Museum Complex has been uniquely represented at INDABA for a number of years and is a popular stop off point for incoming Tour Operators. A recent surge in interest from the American market has recently been maintained, after the French and German markets comprised 35% of its foreign visits for the 1999/2000 period.

The Bartolomeu Dias Museums boasts with more than 250 000 visitors to the Museums and attractions making up the Complex (of which the Old Post Office Tree and the Caravel - a full scale exact replica of Dias' ship which sailed from Portugal - are the most popular). Expected growth rates are set to increase by 16% per annum due to the newly generated interest in the Garden Route and Southern Cape region of South Africa.

The Museum Complex at Stand 260 in the DEC at INDABA 2001; sharing a stand with "Explore Mossel Bay Tours" who highlight other eco-; adventure and historical attractions in the town - including whale-watching, seal spotting, shark-cage diving, bungy-jumping, game drives and safaris, hiking trails, community guided tours AND MORE! Mossel Bay is uniquely situated between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is ideally situated to serve as a base for visiting nearby towns such as Oudtshoorn's Crocodile Farms, Ostrich Farms, Cheetah-land and the magnificent Cango Caves.

Appointments / queries can be addressed to the Dias Museum at email diasmuseum@mweb.co.za

* John Thackray will be undertaking a trip to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, USA where he will be marketing the area as a Cultural Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He will return to South Africa in April 2002.

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