How will SA's tourism industry achieve its goal to double job creation?

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s budget vote in parliament on 17th May hit all the right notes, but if South Africa wants to deliver on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s challenge to the sector to double the number of people it employs, then the sector needs broader government support.         

This is the view of Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) CEO, Mmatšatši Ramawela, in reaction to the budget vote. The TBCSA is the umbrella business organization representing the country’s travel and tourism private sector. 

“While we welcome the budget, which seemed to hit all the right notes and is in-line with the department’s National Tourism Sector Strategy, the industry, which includes government has its work cut out for it, if we want to double the tourism sector’s contribution in terms of arrivals, jobs and GDP,” says Ramawela.  

“President Cyril Ramaphosa put a challenge to us in his State of the Nation Address, but the National Department of Tourism and the industry cannot do it alone.

"We need the full support of government from all levels, including key departments such as Home Affairs, Transport, Public Enterprises, Police, Labour; and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, just to mention the notable ones. Broader government collaboration is essential, together with the private sector to redouble our efforts and deliver on the directive, which comes from the highest office,” she says.

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Source: Traveller24