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 Tourism Month

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The National Department of Tourism will be celebrating the 2012 Tourism Month with the theme Tourism and Sustainable energy - Powering Sustainable Development, as identified by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
The theme for the 2012 Tourism Month highlights the need to bring the tourism sector and energy stakeholders closer together to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.
As part of the sector’s ongoing Tourism Leadership Dialogues during the Tourism Month celebrations, NDT hosts a Business Breakfast on 26 September 2012 from 08h00 – 11h30. This particular session of the Tourism Leadership Dialogue will be informed by the theme – "Tourism and Sustainable Energy- Powering Sustainable Development. This session aims at identifying issues that the tourism industry is faced with relating to energy efficiency, greening and responsible tourism. The Minister’s Business Breakfast creates a platform for all industry role players to engage on how the tourism sector remains competitive and sustainable through the implementation of sustainable energy practices. The platform also creates an opportunity for the NDT to acknowledge and strengthen the partnership and collaborations necessary for greening the tourism sector with the private sector.
South Africa’s tourism sector is emerging as one of the most important pillars of the country’s economy in terms of growth and competition with other emerging economies of the world. This industry contributes significantly towards the creation of employment, growing the economy and developing entrepreneurs. It presents opportunities for self-employment, contributing to rural and urban development and foreign exchange earnings.
The Department will also be hosting a Public Lecture on Tourism in the host Province, Eastern Cape on 25 September 2012 .The University of Fort Hare has been identified as the host university for the 2012 Tourism Public Lecture. The National Department of Tourism will partner with the Universities in Eastern Cape, any other universities in the country that are willing to be part of the process, the Provincial Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism and the Eastern Cape Tourism Board to facilitate and coordinate the hosting of this event.  The subject of the lecture is informed of by the World Tourism Organizations (WTO) theme being "Tourism and Sustainable Energy- Powering Sustainable Development.” in liaison with the universities and other stakeholders involved.