“I began analysis about tourism and what it actually means to be a traveler,” says Koji.
- Percy Koji began his tour operator and journey company enterprise Journey With Confidence (TWC) in 2005.
- His love for journey began when he took the prepare from his village to Johannesburg throughout faculty holidays.
- He has seen that vacationers journey to have experiences and “perceive” South Africa’s approach of doing issues via studying about its historical past.
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As a proud Motswana, his tradition and heritage kind an necessary a part of Percy Koji’s tour operator and journey company enterprise, Journey With Confidence (TWC), which was established in 2005.
“Vacationers journey to be taught, have experiences and ‘perceive’ South Africa’s approach of doing issues via studying about our historical past. Telling the tales of our heritage helps to work together and join with vacationers based mostly on the ‘actuality’ of our tradition – who we’re and what we do,” stated Koji.
“Our excursions present [the experience of] tales round our heritage, the Batswana folks, migration and our distinctive South African historical past. It is necessary to know the place one comes from and goes. Tradition is what shapes society and helps to tell our considering and behavior in society.”
He has seen how having a component of tradition as a part of a vacationer providing is necessary to travellers. It pertains to the essential goal of why folks journey, particularly, to create reminiscences, experiences and to coach and be educated.
He cites examples of heritage vacationer sights in SA: visits to the Apartheid Museum, Robben Island, Soweto’s Vilakazi Avenue, Mandela Home, Maropeng (Cradle of humankind), even the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.
“All of the above have a wealthy heritage. All of them inform a narrative of how far we’ve got come as South Africa and the place we’re going. They’re additionally fashionable, as a result of they’re distinctive,” stated Koji.
Koji on the entrance to the Lesedi Cultural Village on the East Rand in Gauteng.
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He not too long ago undertook a visit to South Korea to forge higher cultural tourism hyperlinks.
“Koreans take pleasure in taking part in golf when visiting South Africa and to go on safari. My effort is especially to extend tourism between South Korea and South Africa.
“This may assist to create extra native jobs. We intention to foyer the SA authorities to have not less than one direct flight to South Korea. This may improve the variety of vacationers coming to South Africa and commerce between the 2 international locations,” stated Koji.
He’s from Taung Village within the North West.
“My father labored for the then-Spoornet [today Transnet] and that gave us the chance to journey by prepare from Taung to Johannesburg throughout faculty holidays.
“That was fascinating, and I loved assembly folks alongside the way in which, within the prepare. That allowed me to develop an inquisitive thoughts about journey. I imagined travelling out of South Africa and past,” remembered Koji.
“I began analysis about tourism and what it actually means to be a traveller. The primary spotlight was travelling to Botswana for the primary time alone. I loved making pals too which I nonetheless go to to this point. This was greater than 16 years in the past.”
Element on show on the Lesedi Cultural Village.
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After finishing highschool, he obtained a three-year tertiary qualification in enterprise tourism at Birnam Enterprise School in Johannesburg and finally began his personal tourism enterprise.
“To be an entrepreneur in South Africa could be very arduous, however I’m nonetheless occurring past Covid-19,” stated Koji.
“The corporate has additionally arrange a basis that helps put kids via faculty.
“South Africa is dealing with severe challenges with the excessive unemployment fee. Authorities cannot do all the things by itself. All of us have to collaborate, create extra jobs, and construct a powerful South Africa.”