List of Specialised Projects

community tourism

Oranjemund Town Tourism Feasibility (Namibia)

Feasibility of tourism development in the town was tested to assist with transformation of the town's economy from mining based activities.

Umkhanyakude Cultural Hub (KwaZulu- Natal)

Urban-Econ Tourism assessed the feasibility of such a hub in the district and compiled a business plan for its development.

Eastern Cape 2010 Tourism Readiness Plan (Eastern Cape)

This project involved examining the extent to which the Eastern Cape is ready for the expected tourism influx for 2010, and putting forward intervention areas to enable the province to pro-actively intervene and to maximise the 2010 tourism potential.

Local and District Government Tourism Development Strategies (KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape)

Urban-Econ Tourism has developed implementable tourism development strategies for the following local and district municipalities:

  • Ugu District Municipality
  • Mpofana Local Municipality
  • iLembe District Municipality

Shembe Village Tourism Centre Feasibility Assessment and Business Plan (KwaZulu-Natal)

Urban-Econ Tourism is currently assessing the feasibility of tourism development at the Shembe Village of Ebuhleni, situated in the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality, and developing business plans for such developments.

responsible tourism

KwaDukuza Tourism Advisory (KwaZulu-Natal)

Our company provided consulting services and assisted the local municipality in the development of a municipal entity for responsible tourism development.

Eastern Cape Tourism Development Strategy (Eastern Cape)

Urban-Econ Tourism is currently developing a 5 year strategy for the EC Provincial authorities for the development of the tourism sector.

Hazelmere Dam Tourism Feasibility Assessment (KwaZulu-Natal)

This project involves the assessment of possible tourism projects at the dam in the light of surrounding developments and recommends tourism investment potential in terms of this assessment.

Monwabisi Coastal Resort Development framework (Western Cape)

Urban economic principles were applied to define a future development concept for the Monwabisi holiday resort and surrounding land in Khayelitsha. This project further included the modelling of the financial development and management options

responsible tourism

Capitol Theatre Arts & Craft Market (Gauteng)

The purpose of this study was to determine the market feasibility for the establishment of an arts and crafts market for local entrepreneurs and traders at the Capitol Theatre.

Rantesig (Gauteng)

Urban-Econ was responsible for identifying and evaluating the economic feasibility of developing tourism-cum-conservation zone in the Rantesig / Magaliesberg area.

Emfuleni Riverfront Development (Gauteng)

Urban-Econ Tourism was appointed to determine the feasibility of developing a hotel, casino, marina and commercial activities on the banks of the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark.

Tshufi Mountain Project (North West Province)

Analysed the tourism and recreation market in North West Province to determine the feasibility of developing a tourist resort, hotel, and conference centre in Phokeng near Rustenburg. The study was completed for the Bafokeng Tribal Authority

Pretoria Station Precinct (Gauteng)

The objective of this tourism project was to formulate an integrated development framework for the Pretoria Station in order to develop and upgrade the station in a sustainable business node and tourist attraction. The project comprised analysing the socio-economic status of the households of surrounding suburbs.

Du Noon Arts and Crafts Centre Viability Study (Western Cape)

This study entailed an analysis of metropolitan tourism market as well as an intensive investigation into the arts and craft market. This was done to determine whether it would be viable to establish an arts and craft centre within a demarcated area near Du Noon.

Bourke's Luck Tourism School (Mpumalanga)

The Mpumalanga Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) appointed Urban-Econ to investigate the suitability of the redundant army base for the purpose of a future tourism training school. Urban-Econ was the lead consultant that undertook an in-depth investigation of the ability to adapt the buildings and the financial implications of necessary changes.

Lonehill Tourist Development Potential (Gauteng)

The tourist development potential based on comparative advantages in the Sandton area was determined to identify the potential for tourism facilities at the Lonehill site, including the demand for a museum.

community tourism

iNdlovu Regional Council - Rural Tourism Project (2000) (KwaZulu-Natal)

Urban-Econ was contracted to prepare a community based tourism development plan for six traditional authority areas in the iNdlovu Regional Council area. This study included a detailed survey, undertaken by community members, aimed at identifying all possible tourism related activities in the area. A comprehensive database of more than 200 opportunities was developed and informed the development of the tourism development plan. The establishment of community tourism forums were integral to the success of the project.

community tourism

Lamontville Tourism Feasibility Study Proposal (KwaZulu-Natal)

This project for the Development Facilitation Department involved the assessment of feasibility of seven prospective tourism projects for Lamontville, a township south of Durban. The project explored the feasibility and their potential to be packaged, structured and integrated into one marketable tourism framework.

Tourism Promotion and Development Planning Impact Assessment (Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo)

Urban-Econ was appointed to obtain detailed information of the impacts of Tourism developments in four focus areas (Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo) based on tourism demand, socio-economic capacity of communities and inherent development potential. This required that tourism market potential needs to be translated into conceptual frameworks for each area, reproducing the basis for the impact assessment in terms of Economic impact, Social impact, Job creation, Tourism market penetration potential and sustainability of linkages and independency capacity especially in terms of funding.

Responsible Tourism Plan for the Emakhazeni Local Muncipality (Current)

Urban-Econ is in the process of drafting a Responsible Tourism Plan for this municipality that will address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of tourism development in this area. It is envisaged that the strategy be based on tourism product development in the area, the marketing of tourism and the management of tourism in the area.

Social, Economic & Sport Impact Assessment of locally held international sporting events (current)

Urban-Econ has been appointed by Sport & Recreation South Africa to develop a social, economic and sport impact model that will assess the impact of locally held, international sporting events. The aim of the project is to develop an Event Impact Model (EIM) that can be utilised as a standard measure to determine the social, economic and sport-related impacts of a variety of sporting events by making use of specific parameters and benchmarks. Several international sporting events will be throughout 2008 assessed in the process of developing the proposed model. Irma is part of the team developing the model.

June 16th Heritage Trail Soweto

Urban-Econ was appointed by EMBA PM to assist the project team responsible for the project management and implementation of the JUNE 16th ROUTE in Soweto to undertake a feasibility analysis and business plan. Focused market research was undertaken to establish the feasibility and viability of the proposed route and the individual activities. The results of the market research were packaged in appropriate format for investment marketing.

Local Economic Development Planning for the Southern Drakensberg Transfrontier Programme in Ukhahlamba District

Urban-Econ EC is project managing a cluster of three projects being managed by the Ukhahlamba District Municipality, namely the Southern Drakensberg Transfrontier Programme, a LED Strategy for Elundini and a Tourism Plan for Elundini. Urban-Econ is managing the environmental and tourism inputs into the development plan and is responsible for providing specialist economic planning inputs into the plan. The plan will include the identification of environmental and economic development projects, the development of institutional arrangements at a management and implementation level, writing of business plans, financial viability modeling, capacitating institutional structures and taking one pilot project forward to implementation.

World Wildlife Fund: Community conservancy Areas in the Eronga and Kunene Regions, Namibia (2002)

Appointed by the World Wildlife Fund to manage a tender process for new tourism investment within four community areas, situated between Etosha National Park and the Skeleton coast National Park. The project was completed in September 2002 with substantial new investment and strategic partnerships secured between the private sector and communities.

Macro-Economic Impact Assessment Study For South African National Parks

SANParks in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism appointed Urban-Econ to undertake a macro-economic impact assessment study of the 21 National Parks on the South African economy. The purpose of the study is to determine the macro-economic impact of National Parks to the South African economy, including but not limited to the direct and indirect contribution of National Parks to the South African GDP and Job Creation.

Tourism Promotion and Development Planning (TPDP) Impact Assessment

Urban-Econ was appointed to obtain detailed information of the impacts of Tourism developments in four focus areas (Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo) based on tourism demand, socio-economic capacity of communities and inherent development potential. This required that tourism market potential needs to be translated into conceptual frameworks for each area, reproducing the basis for the impact assessment in terms of Economic impact, Social impact, Job creation, Tourism market penetration potential and sustainability of linkages and independency capacity especially in terms of funding.