Lightleys Holiday Houseboats closure
Knysna Tourism CEO Shaun van Eck has expressed his disappointment at the closure of Lightleys Holiday Houseboats – a traditional stalwart in Knysna’s tourism industry.
“This just reinforces the fact that Lightleys’ dominant market, the South African market outside of the school holidays and major events, is severely depressed,” said van Eck.
“At the moment we are dealing with all calls received on the matter and assisting those customers who have lost their bookings to find alternative accommodation,” van Eck continued. “We will also be working with the liquidator to see if there is any possibility of keeping the business open over the season period.”
“We also express our sympathy for the staff who have found themselves out of work at this time of year.”
“While we are concerned about icon products such as Lightleys Holiday houseboats and the Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo, we take comfort in the fact that the essence of Knysna that first attracted visitors to Knysna is as relevant as ever,” van Eck explained. “Our age-old indigenous forests, the estuary, unspoilt beaches and the warm hearts of the people within our local tourism industry will ensure that Knysna remains the preferred vacation destination.”
“Our beautiful town is still the ideal playground for the modern visitor and preliminary numbers show that bookings for the summer season are positive. We know that Knysna will once again prove itself to be the best summer season spot on the Garden Route, if not the entire coast,” van Eck concluded.
*Go magazine would like to apologise for any inconveniense and confusion caused by the placement of a Lightleys Holiday Houseboats advertisement in the December copies of go and Weg. The news of the closure reached us after we had gone to print.