The DA congratulates Cape Town on being voted one of the top 15 places to visit in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveller.
This is brilliant news for South Africa, and in the upcoming year I will gly push for improved national tourism policy so that more cities in South Africa will be awarded the same accolade.
Forecasts suggest that tourism will experience sustained development in the coming years, reaching one billion international travellers in 2015 and 1.8 billion in 2030.
Passenger numbers in Africa are expected to increase from 68 million in 2010 to 150 million in 2030. This translates into an annular growth rate of 5% for tourism’s direct contribution to gross domestic product on the continent.
The tourism sector in South Africa though is still highly reflective of constraints in the economy and the current energy crisis is only making matters worse.
The DoT must implement policy that will lead to improved product development and marketing, investment in rural infrastructure. More importantly what is required is a policy shift that aims to make far flung corners of our country more accessible, as this will grow local economies and create local jobs.
Tourism has proved that it is a labour intensive sector and continues to create a substantial number of direct and indirect jobs. In 2013 the tourism sector created 144 000 jobs which is equivalent to 12 percent of all jobs created in South Africa.
There must be a strategy to promote an equitable geographic spread and measures and efforts aimed at addressing seasonality must be enhanced. This will in turn lead to increased tourism revenue and increased tourism volumes.
It is without doubt that tourism can be used as an effective tool to create jobs, provide opportunities for small businesses and promote the livelihoods of communities.
Shadow Minister of Tourism
Source : Democratic Alliance