Tourism is a key driver of South Africa’s economy

Published on : Friday, April 7, 2017

South Africa’s economySouth Africa Tourism Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa says that tourism is one of South Africa’s biggest success stories and it continues to grow and provide a livelihood for many households.


“As a key driver of the country’s economy, tourism has the potential to turn around the well-being of ordinary South Africans by stimulating equitable participation into mainstream tourism initiatives,” Xasa said when addressing a Local Government Tourism Conference workshop in Pretoria last month.


The sector currently supports about 1.5 million jobs directly and indirectly in the country.


There is, however, room for growth, especially at the level of municipalities to help them attain their developmental outcomes, she said.


The Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the City of Ekurhuleni held the 2017 Local Government Tourism Conference on April 3rd in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.


Figures released by Statistics South Africa showed that overseas tourist numbers rose 14 per cent to 245,074 in January 2017, compared with January 2016.


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