In her keynote speech at Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit this afternoon, Sisulu mentioned that she addressed the red list matter with the British Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa this morning. After some discussion, they had agreed to bring together scientists and advisors from both countries to conduct further research into the Coronavirus Beta variant that has so far created the perception that South Africa is a COVID hotspot.
It is befitting that we are launching Africa Travel and Tourism Summit during the Tourism Month when South Africa celebrates tourism and heritage.
This Summit comes at a turning point in our industry, when every decision we make will determine the future of tourism in Africa. It is, therefore, crucial that we work together and devise solutions for the betterment of tourism and the economy as a whole. An anonymous Swahili proverb states: “Where there is many, nothing goes wrong.”
“Our membership of the executive council, will assist to reposition Africa, establish our continent as a destination of choice and highlight our tourism offerings for travellers. It will be a great honour for us to serve Africa in this way, advancing Brand Africa and unlocking growth for the continent.,” says the Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Mr Victor Tharage.
The tourism industry is of great significance and potential to South Africa and is one of the six key sectors of economic growth. China has always been an important global source market for the tourism of South Africa and is a strategic trade partner to South Africa. This symbiotic relationship will definitively drive recovery in the sector.
Addressing the high-Level Ministerial Panel under the theme “Strengthening Brand Africa for the swift recovery of the tourism sector” the Deputy Minister highlighted the importance of rebuilding the continental brand through actions that dispel negative perceptions about the business environment on the continent.
This event is held annually to ensure that the research findings speak to the needs of stakeholders in the sector and to obtain constructive feedback from key stakeholders and researchers in the sector. It also aims to disseminate findings to key stakeholders in tourism, thereby ensuring that research recommendations are implemented, and translated into policy and practice. This year’s webinar was topical as it looked at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector and the potential opportunities going forward.
During the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), the President of the Republic Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of expanding the tourism sector to be able to reach 21 million tourist arrivals by 2030 whilst also highlighting the need to focus on lucrative markets such as China and India.
This seminar is held annually to ensure that the research findings
address the needs of stakeholders in the sector and to disseminate and discuss
the findings of the research studies and to obtain constructive feedback from
key stakeholders and researchers in the sector. It also aims to disseminate
research findings to key stakeholders in the sector, thereby ensuring that
research recommendations are implemented, and translated into policy and
“Never before has tourism offered us such possibilities. We believe that, with international support, tourism can become one of the corner-stones in the generation of sustained economic growth so critical to the building of our nation."
Tourism is a crucial sector, and high on the list of our government's priorities. As a country, we already have a vibrant tourism industry and both leisure tourism and business events industry hold massive potential to play an even more meaningful role in the economic transformation of our country and the upliftment of our people and the rest of the continent.
South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane witnessed the signing of a strategic co-operation agreement between South African Tourism and Tencent, which is a company that owns amongst other things a popular platform in China called WeChat. This cooperation is expected to assist South Africa to have direct access to millions of potential Chinese travelers to market the country as a destination of choice.
DURBAN (KZN) - Tourism practitioners from across globe met for a two-day workshop to share best practice models, and engage on the methodologies that have the potential to shape the future of sustainable tourism economies in developing countries.
The Department of
Tourism in collaboration with the Free State Department of Economic, Small
Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, and Thabo Mofutsanyana
district municipality will host tourism information sharing sessions in
Witsieshoek for Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s)
The Department of
Tourism in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Department of Economic and Tourism,
Ehlanzeni district municipality will host information sharing session in Nelspruit
for Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s)
Members of the public, industry stakeholders and media are invited to participate in the Tourism Public Lecture that will be streamed live on the Tourism Update Platform on 18 September 2018. Minister Derek Hanekom will host the annual Tourism Public Lecture at the Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha campus) under the theme: “Tourism and the Digital Transformation.”
Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom and several emerging South African tourism enterprises are attending the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom will hold a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of the State of Palestine, HE Rula Ma’Ayah to discuss strengthening of cooperation in the field of tourism between the two nationals / partners at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on 13 September 2018.
We must continuously enhance and expand our attractions; we need constant training to professionalise our services; and we need to market our attractions in the most effective way. We need to work together to ensure ease of travel. All this in turn creates the right climate and opportunities for investment which will lead to greater growth
The first group of frontline tourism staff to be trained in Mandarin have completed the initial phase of their training and are heading to China for cultural learning experiences.
China and Russia are among the top tourist markets for South Africa. The Foreign Language Training Programme will ensure that tourism practitioners are adequately capacitated with a proficiency in Mandarin and Russian.
The Meetings Africa team aims to showcase Africa as a premier business events destination that cares about its people and the natural environment. Through hosting the event in a responsible manner, it reflects the importance of local economic development, and keeps abreast of international trends.
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) at a prestigious event that was witnessed by representatives from the Department of Tourism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s hotel school.