The Department of Tourism today hosted its 10th Tourism Research Seminar with the theme: "Advancing Tourism Growth and Development through Research: Towards a Road to Tourism Recovery”
Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I am delighted to join you this afternoon at this very special site. The Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, as you all know, is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This UNESCO listed World Heritage Site stretches from Table Mountain in the Cape Town, all the way to the Baviaanskloof here in the Eastern Cape. The fynbos biome is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world, with an estimated economic value of R77 million per year based on harvests of fynbos products and tourism.
South African boasts a rich biodiversity and is world renowned for its ecotourism offerings. Today Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela, presided over the handover ceremony of the Baviaanskloof Interpretation Centre and Leopard Trail Hikers Huts in the Eastern Cape. These are the Department of Tourism’s most recent destination enhancements projects which aim to further boost the supply of tourism attractions.
The adage: “Necessity is the mother of invention” has never been more true than for the recovery of the tourism sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to innovation, lateral thinking and agile learning with collaboration and partnerships being intrinsic requirements to navigating the pandemic.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela, conducted a site visit yesterday and today to assess progress on the infrastructure upgrade programme to tourism attractions in parks in the Western Cape Province. The Department of Tourism seeks to implement destination enhancement and route development projects to diversify tourism offerings and enhance visitor experience in identified priority areas.
With South Africa currently in Adjusted Alert Level One for Covid Response and the recent announcement that the country has been taken off the UK’s red list, the tourism sector has kicked into gear its Global Advocacy Programme to ramp up advocacy efforts in key source markets around the world.
Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela visited the Golden Gate Highlands National Park on Sunday, 26 September 2021 as part of the Department of Tourism’s activities to commemorate Tourism Month across the country.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish
Mahlalela will visit the Mpumalanga Province to engage with sector
stakeholders and the community to rally behind the implementation of the
Tourism Sector Recovery Plan that was recently approved by Cabinet.
This infrastructure investment is an
important contribution to the strengthening of the supply side of the
tourism market. More broadly, the country’s Economic Reconstruction and
Recovery Plan is anchored on infrastructure investment and development.
Infrastructure projects capitalised
and commissioned by Government and the Private Sector are central to the
Economic Recovery Plan as they provide the much-needed job
opportunities, upskilling of workers as well as general economic
activity with potential to increasing GDP growth.
The Deputy Minister will visit various
tourism establishments, and engage with product owners with the view of
assessing how all the spheres of government can intervene to revive
tourism in the province.
The Department of Tourism, in
collaboration with Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA), will host a virtual
dialogue on Service Excellence that will bring together sector partners
and stakeholders to share information and expertise on the approaches
and models utilised to improve service levels in the tourism sector.
The visit to the District Municipality
follows a commitment made by the Department on World Tourism Day (27
September 2020) to leverage, amongst others, on its Rural Tourism
Development Strategy to revive the domestic travel market.
The Minister will also host a breakfast engagement with tourism stakeholders - a platform for the Minister to interact with tourism sector partners and community on opportunities and challenges for tourism growth and development in the province, in particular the Mopani region.
I have no doubt this site rises to become one of the leading sites to be visited by tourists. However, for this to be achieved, government together with the tourism sector will need to work together
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will visit the Limpopo Province to engage with stakeholders and the community in the Vhembe District on initiatives to drive sustainable and inclusive tourism development in the area.
Inspired by the Khawuleza (hurry up) call to action, the District Development Model aims to accelerate, align and integrate service delivery under a single development plan per district or metro that is developed jointly by national, provincial and local government as well as business, labour and community in each district.
The Cradock 4 Garden of Remembrance embraces the historic memoirs of anti-apartheid activists Matthew Goniwe, Sicelo Mhlawuli, Sparrow Mkhonto, and Fort Calata. Tourism’s infrastructure improvements at the site will enable the community to host educational and cultural activities that facilitate information sharing, and celebrate the legacy of the four activists.
The Iconic Map of Africa Monument at the Southernmost Tip of Africa is one of the infrastructure features commissioned and developed at the Agulhas National Park by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks), to enhance visitor experience and boost the local tourism economy.
Department of Tourism in partnership with SANParks and the Mpumalanga
Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) celebrated the International Tourist
Guides Day celebrations from 18 – 19 February 2016 in Skukuza, Kruger
National Park– Mpumalanga.
The Department of Tourism in partnership with SANParks and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) is hosting the International Tourist Guiding Celebrations at Skukuza, Kruger National Park– Mpumalanga. Themed “building a successful and sustainable tourist guiding sector”.
The department is implementing the Tourism Blue Flag Programme utilising the EPWP principles to achieve the targeted number of jobs and tourists to our shores. The programme aims to promote a SAFE, CLEAN and HEALTHY environment, an improved tourism image which will attract a steadier flow of visitors, increased spending and a stimulated local economy. The department is implementing the programme in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). The World Tourism Organisation regards Blue Flag as the most well-known eco-label globally with over 4000 sites in over 40 countries.
More than seven hundred sector stakeholders and officials from all spheres of government and private sector headed the call to improve tourism planning at local government level as they attended the Local Government Tourism Conference (LGTC) that took place from 03 to 04 April at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni.
Our government appreciates the potential of tourism hence its identification as one of the key economic sectors. The understanding of tourism benefits to the economy is also gaining traction with our fraternal departments.
The Sisulu Circle will enable hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, and both current and future generations, to appreciate Walter Sisulu’s legacy, personal sacrifice and significant contribution made over a period of 90 years towards the achievement of democracy in South Africa.