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Minister Hanekom hosts Tourism Public Lecture at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha
Minister Hanekom hosts Tourism Public Lecture at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha

EASTERN CAPE - Minister of Tourism, Mr. Derek Hanekom, will host the annual Public Lecture at the Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha campus) themed: “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”. 

Premised on the 2018 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) theme for World Tourism Day, the Public Lecture will explore the impact of digital transformation on the demand and supply of tourism services and products - with a particular focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). 

Industry leaders, academics and policy makers will be among the guests who will engage and share best practices on how to leverage on digital transformation to drive inclusive and sustainable tourism growth. SMMEs who form part of the Eastern Cape tourism value chain will also be in attendance to exhibit products unique to the province.

The 2018 Tourism Public lecture is hosted in collaboration with the Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha Campus), the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (DEDEA) and its marketing entity the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA). 

The event takes place aptly in the Eastern Cape Province as the country celebrates Tourism and Heritage Month this September, and the centenaries of former President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND 

TOURISM PUBLIC LECTURE 

Date:  18 September 2018
Time:  08h30 – 14h00
Venue:   Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha) – Eastern Cape Province

PROGRAMME:
TIMEITEM
​08h30 – 09h15 ​Registration
​09h15 – 09h25 ​Programme Director’s remarks
​09h25 – 09h40 ​Welcome address and Message of support: Vice Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University - Prof Rob Midgley
​09h40 – 09h45 ​Introduction of speaker and panel discussants
​09h45 – 09h50 ​Introduction of the Minister of Tourism:  Eastern Cape MEC – Mr. Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane
​09h50 – 10h10 ​Remarks by Minister of Tourism – Mr. Derek Hanekom
​10h10 – 10h50 ​Presentation of the Lecture - Tourism and the digital transformation
​10h50 – 12h50 ​Panel Discussion and Comments
​12h50 – 13h00 ​Vote of thanks: Executive Mayor of the OR Tambo District Municipality - Cllr Nomakhosazana Meth
​13H00​Closure


LIVE STREAMING OF TOURISM PUBLIC LECTURE

The Department Tourism will stream the Public Lecture live on Tourism Update. The Live stream will enable viewers to participate in the dialogue in real-time on 18 September 2018. Visit www.tourismupdate.co.za for more information on how to participate.

Kindly confirm your attendance no later than 14 September 2018 to:

Department of Tourism:

Ms. Sindi Zwane
Tel: 012 444 6612 / 081 267 4665    
Email: szwane@tourism.gov.za

Walter Sisulu University: 

Ms. Mathabo Hendricks   
Tel: 043 702 9393 / 071 370 6576    
Email: mhendricks@wsu.ac.za

Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency:  

Ms. Oyanga Ngalika    
Tel: 043 492 0713 / 079 891 8624    
Email: Oyanga.Ngalika@ecpta.co.za