Its a strange scenario in the tourist world. For some weird reason the authorities do not want to recognise the business traveller in a class on their own. So they lump them in as tourists; business tourists of course, but tourists never the less.
Perhaps they need this number to boost their normal tourist numbers or perhaps it is not a number that can be easily determined.
All we know at Honeycomb House is that we care for our business travellers. That usually lonely soul, who has driven down to Durban or embarked on a plane in the early hours of the morning in order to arrive at a business meeting, function or to build something or maintain it - the activities are vast but have some things in common.
They all need a place of comfort to stay. They need to be able to relax in an environment that makes them feel secure and at home. None of them has time to visit the beach or walk along the promenade or take time out for themselves. They are here to complete a mission and return home to their families.
But those that think they rule tourism would like to include all in their vast realm and that includes thes business traveller. We are told its a sub-set of tourism, which could be correct if business people tour - Its also part of the definition from the World Tourism Organisation, another self important unknown and unnecessary UN crowd, telling the world how to tourism, without actually adding any value.
Probably similar to local government tourism wafting around the world on tax payer monies, sitting at stands in various 'conferences' and 'indabas' with a few brochures looking important. We have been doing the Guest house thing for many years now and not once has anybody arrived on our door and said the tourist people sent them. Most of the guests don't even care about the tourist department in the government.
We have been doing the Guest house thing for many years now and not once has anybody arrived on our door and said the tourist people sent them.