Tourism Month to celebrate and promote sustainable tourism in South Africa

Published on : Saturday, July 29, 2017

south-africaThe Tourism Month celebrates South Africa’s rich and varied tourism offerings, and promotes successful sustainable tourism practices, job creation and economic growth generation. To take place in the scenic province of Mpumalanga in September 2017, this initiative seeks to encourage South Africans to explore and discover their own country.

 
To quote Tokozile Xasa, SA Minister of Tourism, “We aim to use Tourism Month as a vehicle to inspire South Africans to travel in their own beautiful country by promoting domestic travel that is easily accessible, affordable and exciting – and often right on their own doorstep.”

 
With 2017 being declared the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the UNWTO, the theme of this year’s Tourism Month is Sustainability, and the focus is on promoting eco-friendly, inclusive and socially responsible tourism practices that promote cultural diversity and boost the industry’s contribution to the South African economy.

 
Dullstroom village in Mpumalanga, a popular weekend retreat forms an epicenter of the South African Tourism’s World Tourism Day celebrations taking place on 27 September 2017. The place is known as a trout fly fishing Mecca (and for its mouth-watering trout savoury pancakes its restaurants serve), with a relaxed country atmosphere, clear streams and breathtaking scenery. Tourism has revolutionized Dullstroom’s economy and enriched its residents.

 
Xasa also said that the Tourism Month would also promote affordable holiday options in all nine provinces, particularly those that attract a lower proportion of holidaymakers.

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