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Now, about this site ....

An initiative of the Durban North Accommodation Association, - local chapter of the NAA - this website had, at the time of launching (21 March 2004) been roughly six weeks in the making. An extremely short period of time given the enormity of the task. The speed with which it was born is however a clear indication of the level of commitment and conviction that existed - and still exists - for the creation and ongoing development of a project such as this.

The purpose of this site is clearly illustrated in the sentiments of the then local association chairperson, Mary-Ann Malan, which are written below.

The area of Durban North is the most central, pleasant and accommodating along the coastline North of Durban, yet it is probably one of the most misunderstood areas in the region. Contrary to what some believe, it is not an extension of Durban nor an area within the Northern aspect of the Durban CBD. It is unique. Of all the suburbs and areas along this coastline, it offers the widest diversity and closest proximity to all one needs for work and play.

Simply put, the purpose of this website is twofold: to serve and support the local community as well as to promote the area nationally and internationally.

If you have any input or suggestions that could help us to achieve these goals, we would love to hear from you. Also, we will be upgrading all the time and content will be changing roughly fortnightly, so be sure to bookmark and check back often. If you would prefer to be notified of changes, special offers, giveaways and competitions, please take a moment to subscribe to our email newsletter which will be launched in the near future. To read more about this service and our privacy policy or simply sign up, please click here.

photo: chairperson of the local NAA

The time has finally come for Durban North to come into its own as a prime destination for both holiday makers and business alike. We really do have the best of all worlds in Durban North, with everything imaginable "just up the road", yet it has largely remained an undiscovered jewel.

With the launching of this website it is our aim to show off everything that we have to boast about, from prime properties in beautiful and tranquil settings, to great entertainment for every age and taste, our wide range of cuisine and, best of all, the wonderful people that make up our local and broader community.

This is a project that I am proud to be a part of and I am thrilled at the number of people who are daring to share in the vision and be a part of putting Durban North - and SA tourism as a whole - on the map.

Mary-Ann Malan
ex Chairperson: Durban North Accommodation Association

Site Stats & Design Info    Pure stats

This site first went live in February 2004, with just a skeleton to show the basic structure and layout. On 21 March 2004 the first official view of the site was launched, containing what we believed to be about 20% of the final content - if that much.

The site has been designed to be informative without being difficult to navigate or cold and austere. It is our aim to keep it in the spirit of its purpose, which is a combination of directory (the serious stuff) and a showcase for what the region has to offer (the fun stuff).

With this in mind we opted for a site that is not data-base driven. We may be forced to look at it in the future, but this will be constantly re-evaluated to ensure the best mix of feel, aesthetics, functionality, speed and achieving the overall marketing objectives of the site.

We have also aimed at making the site as user-friendly as possible, able to serve its purpose without any additional downloads (flash), set-up (java) or irritation to the end user. While we have used javascripting and various other programming inclusions, this has been done in such a way that the site can still be properly viewed even when the user does not have these functions enabled.

For our advertisers, we provide real stats on request to assist you in evaluating the effectiveness of this site as a marketing forum. By doing a basic analysis on your own website and comparing it to our stats, you will be able to get a good idea of how well your ad position and content are working for you. We will be happy to make any basic changes and tweaking where neccessary. Please don't hesitate to contact us. After all, a pretty advert is not what it's about. Bottom line is.

Pure stats
As at 22 April 2004, our front page counter showed that we had 643 visitors.

As at the end of August 2005 the site has received a total of over 40 000 real visitors and the number grows steadily every single month, with over 12 000 page views in August 2005.

In September 2005 we launched our online gift shop to further enhance the site and its offering and it is with great interest that we monitor this new development.

If you would like to be a part of this community initiative as a member, advertiser or seller, please contact us.


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