Published on : Sunday, September 3, 2017
Mr. Andrew Whitfield, head of economic development, tourism and agriculture, disclosed this figure while hosting Tourism Month yesterday at the Athenaeum.
Greeting the Tourism Month along with the officials from the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, the group launched 2017’s theme of sustainable tourism development to the world.
Whitfield explained that the tourism industry had been recognized by the municipality as one of the major sectors with tremendous growth potential to expand and raise the economy and generating more jobs in the impending years.
“The mayor has repeatedly said tourism is one of our priority growth sectors for a number of reasons. First because it markets the city and stimulates jobs for residents.”
In 2016, he said that Nelson Mandela Bay had gone through the most winning summer season of domestic and international visitors.
The city welcomed over 260 000 people which came close to the 290 000 at the time of 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Whitfield also mentioned that if the Bay was about to create a sustainable society it required to make certain that common people were allowed with opportunities to maintain their own livelihoods.
“In 2016, we had 260 000-odd arrivals and created 49 000 jobs. The number has increased by 18 000 in the last three years,” Whitfield said.
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