Sep 2016 - 2nd edition

Tourism boosts SA economy

Written by Noluthando Mkhize

Tourism Month

Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa says tourism has a major role to play in growing the country’s economy.

There has been an increase in the number of tourists visiting the country which means more job opportunities in the sector.“Tourism is deemed to be a major player in its contribution to the economy and is recognised as a job creation sector as it is, by [and] large, labour intensive.”

The Deputy Minister said the department is committed to boosting domestic tourism over the next decade as it has the potential to increase the tourism economy. This will avoid excessive dependency on international arrivals.

“This is, however, a long-term objective as many factors affect the progressive development of domestic tourism including the affordability and cost of touring the country, disposable income to spend on holidays, unemployment and many other factors.”

By increasing tourism growth over the next decade the country can expect to see local economies benefiting from tourism spending in their areas, which should support jobs in local tourism establishments, profit margins and sustainability, points out the Deputy Minister.

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