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Minister Xasa consults with industry on the National Tourism Sector Strategy
Minister Xasa consults with industry on the National Tourism Sector Strategy
The Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa today consulted with the tourism industry on the Draft National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS). Hosted in Johannesburg, the consultative session was aimed at soliciting inputs, as well as stimulating the public and private sectors to ensure alignment and sharing of resources in the implementation of NTSS after approval by Cabinet.
The NTSS is a tourism development framework approved by Cabinet in 2011, envisioning South Africa to be a top 20 tourist destination in the world by 2020, and serves as a guiding document for economic growth and job creation in the tourism sector. The Department of Tourism commissioned the review of the NTSS in 2015 in order to ensure alignment to the National Development Plan (NDP) as well as the Tourism Act 3 of 2014.

“The NTSS is a long term framework which responds to the country’s development imperatives. We want to align ourselves to the NDP and contribute to the national agenda to inclusive growth by creating jobs and growing the economy. As we finalise the review of the strategy, we want to ensure that we contribute directly to the economy of the country. Key among our targets is to achieve an increase of direct jobs to one million by 2026,” said Minister Xasa.

“We hope to have interactions with all stakeholders, including those outside our sector because tourism takes place in these spaces too, and in order for our strategy to be realisable and realistic, these interactions are critical,” said Minister Xasa.

On challenges facing the sector due to innovations such as the sharing economy, the Minister said that the tourism industry is not immune to the fourth industrial revolution. “There will be shockers due to such technological innovations, but we remain a labour intensive sector,” concluded the Minister. 

Director-General Victor Tharage presented the draft NTSS with the emphasis on the five strategic pillars of the strategy which are: effective marketing, facilitating ease of access, visitor experience, destination management practices and broad based benefits which will strengthen the realisation on an inclusive and quality tourism sector.

“Sustainability in the South African context depends on transformation of the sector. Our approach needs to be evidence driven,” said Mr Tharage. 

Inputs from industry representatives attending the session included, amongst others, the need for an enabling environment to promote tourism growth in South Africa.

The 15 member NTSS Review Panel of Experts is scheduled to meet on 10 August 2017 to consider the public submissions and recommend the Final Draft NTSS to the Minister for endorsement. 

For further information contact:

Adv Mahlodi S Muofhe
Special Advisor to the Minister
Cell: +27 (0) 82 9720141