Vodacom Durban July to inject R150m into local economy

DURBAN -  Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) wants to ultimately position the Vodacom Durban July (VDJ) on the same level as other global top racing like the US's Kentucky Derby, Australia's  Melbourne Cup and the Dubai Cup. 

TKZN said the annual local horse-racing spectacle was expected to attract about 50 000 people to  this year's Vodacom Durban July (VDJ)  bringing with them an additional R150 million-rand cash injection into the local economy lifting the this event to Africa's greatest horse-race.

The entity's acting chief executive Phindile Makwakwa said it would be able to achieve the milestone they have set themselves by attracting international patrons. 

“When we add good tourism spots to visit, good weather and the first world facilities, we are confident that the province can become the playground for tourists from across the globe,” said Makwakwa.

She said the recent announcement made by British Airways that they would be reopening the direct London route to Durban meant that visitors from Europe could now partake in the lifestyle events in the same way they enjoy the Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival in England, with patrons flying direct in less than 10 hours. 

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