Social media is abuzz with the Hollywoodbets Durban July festivities. All roads lead to Durban this weekend, for the prestigious horse-racing event
HollywoodBets has announced that preparations are underway to welcome back its fans after the lockdown regulations have been lifted. If you are not in Durban this weekend, trust me, you will have major FOMO. Horse racing enthusiasts and punters are expected to flock to the Africa's greatest horse racing events.
Expect socialites, celebrities and horse race fans to put their best foot forward at the Durban July, which takes place on Saturday 02 July 2022. In a statement Steve Marshall, Gold Circle's Marketing and Events Executive, said they are aware that it probably won't be a sell-out crowd on Saturday, but he says that ticket and sponsorship demand has been good and HollywoodBets Greyville is ready to host over 30 000 racing fans and socialites.
“The demand for a seat in the suites and in the Marquee Village has told us that the fans of this event are looking forward to making the most of the 2022 event, after having to miss out for two consecutive years.
“The July has always been a defining event in the South African sporting and social calendar, and one that pulls people together from every walk of life. This year the feeling we get is the desire to make the 2022 Hollywoodbets Durban July a celebration of perseverance and resilience in our collective ability to deal with the tough times everyone has endured over the last two years.”
While the lockdown restrictions were lifted late, Marshall said it will be a highly welcome boost to multiple economic sectors in KwaZulu-Natal.
“In a normal year the July is responsible for a direct spend of R300 million on the weekend of the event, and while we may fall a little short of that this year, given the late timing of the lifting of the restrictions, it will be a very welcome kickstart to a number of economic sectors in the province that are still clawing their way back from the tough times of the lockdown,” said Marshall.
Tweeps have reacted to the Durban July weekend festivities. eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda told IOL that they expect a contribution of R362 million to the province's GDP in economic activity. "We are excited about the economic spin-offs that this event is going to bring to our city. The estimated 35 000 people who will head for the Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, are expected to spend R145 million, with the Gross Domestic Product in economic activity projected to be R362 million. An estimated 740 people will get employment because of this event," he said.
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