Department of Tourism
The Role of Local Government
Tourism Economic BenefitsTourism
is vital to the economic and social wellbeing of the country. It
provides employment and economic opportunities to communities. Its
economic benefit can be wide ranging and extend beyond tourism
businesses. Visitors to an area purchase goods and services, injecting
money into the local economy. It is a labour-intensive industry and
creates many job opportunities. Tourism can provide diversification,
strengthening the local economy by making it less reliant on a single
traditional base, such as agriculture or mining.
The National Department of Tourism (NDT) has acknowledged that the capacity of local government to deliver on the tourism mandate presents a challenge to the growth and development of the tourism sector...