Four additional security guards will be dispatched in security hotspot areas following the recent spate of robberies and attacks on tourists in the Wilderness and Victoria Bay areas.
The security hotspots were identified during a stakeholder meeting which was held in November.
George Tourism partnered with the municipality, police and municipal protection services and secured the four additional security guards.
George tourism manager, Joan Shaw said safety and security is of high importance, especially at this time that George Tourism is taking its products to market in their main source markets overseas.
Municipal communications manager, Chantel Edwards-Klose says the George Municipality undertook to assist with securing one of the four hotspots identified.
“Working closely with law enforcement, the George / Wilderness police stations and the WRRA (Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association), the municipality was however able to expand this mandate and cover more than one area,” she said.
The Garden Route District Municipality, SANParks, Sanral, and ward Councillors from George and Wilderness will secure the remaining hotspots.
Garden Route Municipality is also printing a safety and security brochure that will be distributed throughout the region, with hotels and guesthouses requested to warn their guests to be vigilant.
Visitors who want to hike in isolated areas have been advised to request an accredited tour guide to accompany them.