Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tourism Minister visit Port Elizabeth

Today I had the opportunity to be a photographer at an event featuring the Minister of Tourism. For most of the event I used the camera of the company I work for, but I did get a couple of shots with my own one as well.

The Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, visited Port Elizabeth today to launch Nelson Mandela Bay's 2010 Visitor Information Centres (VICs). The three world class visitor and tourism centres will form part of the legacy project for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The VIC's are being rolled out in five host cities, namely Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Rustenburg and Bloemfontein. Port Elizabeth's is the first set of Visitor Information Centres to be completed. The three centers are situated at the Donkin Reserve, Port Elizabeth Airport and the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Centre. Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism also has a fourth VIC in Uitenhage.
To read more about the event, visit MyPE for the whole story.

Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk

Entertainment by the drummers of African Drumbeat

The snacks served by Leonardo's at the Boardwalk where the event was hosted

The Minister (left) and Mayor Nondumiso Maphazi (right) being showed how the touch screens in the VIC work by one of the consultants (middle) in charge of the upgrade


  1. Hi Firefly,
    I really enjoy looking at all your posts...current and past...the photos are interesting, some beautiful, some informative, but I am learning about your city and that's cool too! I REALLY like the posting of the Boardwalk Day and Night...they're both beautiful photos! Take care :o)

  2. Fire ur shot of the instrument players made my day. thank you . thats just awesome .

  3. Good stuff. And good for PE.

  4. Great photos!
    LOVE the sound those wooden xylophones - so earthy and African! Always takes me years back to visits to Victoria Falls and the Marimba Band at V. Falls Hotel

  5. Good job! Was it fun being the "Official Photographer" for work? I always grab those chances though few they are. As usual, great shots to go with a great story. You do a heck of a job.