Published on : Wednesday, April 19, 2017
At the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between 19 April and 21 April, Western Cape will display what it has to offer as Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism, along with all the regions of the province.
More than 5000 delegates are in the Western Cape now to be present at the event. Western Cape has tourism has its priority with a goal of adding up to 100 000 jobs to the tourism sector. According to Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, who will be attending the official opening on 19 April, “Our tourism sector has grown tremendously since we launched our Project Khulisa strategy in 2014. We’ve also been focusing on getting key enablers right, like reducing red tape. One of my biggest priorities is skills development, and we’re on a province-wide drive to make sure our young people have the skills they need to take advantage of opportunities in this sector.” He added, “This is a very exciting time for tourism in the Western Cape. International arrivals are up by almost 30% year-on-year. Last year, the Cape Town International Airport reached a significant milestone, processing 10 million passengers in a year for the first time. We’ve also seen how innovation and technology is allowing more residents to participate in the growth of the tourism sector. Across the world, Airbnb has 60 million properties on its database. The number of Airbnb properties in our region has climbed to 17 500.”
Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO says that Wesgro is very proud to promote the province at this year’s WTM.