Jozi's Big Red Bus launches
The City Sightseeing tour will change people’s perceptions of the inner city of Johannesburg into a tourism friendly zone and thereby continue to grow the tourism footprint and associated spend of tourists to the benefit of local businesses. – Claus Tworeck, CEO of City Sightseeing South Africa
Give Jo'burgers any excuse to celebrate, and they will be out in full force. Certainly, this was the case with the launch of the bright red City Sightseeing tour buses on 7 February 2013.
After the official launch at Gold Reef City, several buses took media and dignitaries on a tour of the city.
With flags waving, the passengers enjoyed the sights and sounds of the City of Gold as they viewed Johannesburg from the seats of the luxury hop on, hop off buses that will add a different dimension to touring this fascinating urban landscape. The twitter handle #JoburgRedBus dominated social media throughout the day, with passengers tweeting colourful visuals of the various sites and attractions as the tour progressed.
The Joburg Red Bus route runs through the Johannesburg city centre and the fascinating suburbs of Newtown and Braamfontein, and stops at many of the city's iconic sites of interest, including the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, Constitution Hill, Gandhi Square, the Carlton Centre and the SAB World of Beer. It also goes to attractions that are not as well known, including the James Hall Transport Museum and Santarama Miniland.
Johannesburg is the second South African city to welcome the red open-top buses. City Sightseeing has been running a large fleet of red buses in Cape Town along several routes for many years, and have built a reputation as being a great way to see the city.
As with City Sightseeing tours in Cape Town and the world over, the Johannesburg Red Bus Tour also operates on a hop-on, hop-off basis, giving passengers the freedom to visit the attractions at their leisure
Nkosiphendule Kolisile, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism in Gauteng, said he hoped that the launch of the City Sightseeing buses would give Johannesburg the positive exposure it deserves. He said, ‘It will assist greatly in making the CBD a more tourist friendly zone and will contribute to unlocking the tourism potential of Gauteng by connecting visitors and residents to remarkable experiences and world-class tourism attractions.’
CEO of City Sightseeing South Africa, Claus Tworeck, said, 'The City Sightseeing tour will change people’s perceptions of the inner city of Johannesburg into a tourism friendly zone and thereby continue to grow the tourism footprint and associated spend of tourists to the benefit of local businesses.'
Certainly, 7 February 2013 will be marked as #JoburgRedBus Day for those who attended the launch event.
There are 12 stops en route and the service runs between 9am and 5.30pm seven days a week. Tickets for the Johannesburg tour cost R150, discounted to R120 if purchased online. City Sightseeing can be contacted on 0861 733 287.