Nelson Mandela Bay has become a rather popular destination with locals and visitors due to the accessibility and convenience to explore the city with the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Pass Card.
Due to popularity and industry demand this has motivated Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) to create an electronic NMB Pass to further enhance the attractiveness of the destination.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass is a smartcard access card that provides tourists with free and discounted admission to a variety of attractions and activities in and around NMB. These include amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles the card holder to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more.
NMBT CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile confirmed, “NMBT has received various requests from tour operators and travel agents interested in selling the NMB Pass. Getting the physical cards to them was creating an obstacle in accessibility. Therefore after signing a deal with Thompsons to sell and promote the NMB Pass we decided to implement an additional card-less pass in the form of a voucher.”
Previously the NMB Pass would need to be purchased and collected in a card format to enable use. The process has however been simplified even further because it can now be emailed in a voucher format and works just like the physical NMB Pass card. To transact the e-pass one follows the same procedures as with the normal pass card. Additionally the voucher will also indicate exactly what type of pass it is, when it was purchased as well as when it will expire. This will make it easier to identify if the card is still valid or not.
Through the implementation of the upgrades NMBT is further enhancing the attractiveness of the destination aligned to international trends to be mobile friendly and eco-friendly thus enhancing the convenience and accessibility to explore Nelson Mandela Bay.
There are two types of Nelson Mandela Bay Visitors Passes (packages) namely the 5 in 1 pass as well as unlimited access passes. The unlimited pass rates start from as little as R200.00 for children and R300.00 for adults. The 5 in 1 NMB Pass costs R450.00 and R300.00 for children aged 3 – 12 years.
The 5 in 1 pass includes any five of the attractions and activities advertised and can be used on any day within the 3 month period. The card user also qualifies for the shopping and transport discounts available on the pass for the 3 month duration of the pass validity. The unlimited itinerary passes are valid for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, and 7 days depending on the period purchased. The unlimited Pass cards are bought for a time frame and provide an unlimited amount of attractions to experience in the timeframe allocated.