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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The agency’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Fixon Hlungwani, said in Polokwane on Monday the agency was doing all it could to ensure that all tourists, local citizens and migrant workers, visiting the province this festive season have a great experience.
“The festive season is a very important time on the tourism calendar and the agency is ready to receive these high volumes of people during this time of the year… This we will do by putting together packages that will suit all and sundry for this important family season,” said Hlungwani.
Hlungwani said the province was already experiencing a high volume of tourists visiting for various reasons.
“[Some are] visiting friends and relatives or using our province as a gateway to any of the neighbouring SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries, given our strategic location and close proximity… The agency is ready to receive these high volumes of people during this time of the year,” said Hlungwani.
He said the agency wanted to make an “enormous contribution” to the success of the drive by the national Department of Tourism to be among the top 20 most visited countries in the world by 2020.
LTA Spokesperson Ntlhekeng Kgatla said as part of the roll out of the campaign, the agency and the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism would conduct road shows in various regions, including Waterberg, Vhembe and Mopani.
“This is part of our drive whereby the MEC [Seaparo Sekoati] will encourage tourism product owners to do more in ensuring that our tourists have a memorable getaway which might result in repeated visits and as a result, growing the economy of the province and domestic arrival statistics,” said Kgatla.