SOUTH AFRICA TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLD TOURISM CONFERENCE IN KIGALI

PRETORIA, Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa will lead the South African delegation comprising public and private sector tourism experts to attend the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from Aug 28 to 31.

The conference is expected to attract government leaders, international investors and travel professionals from the United States, Europe and Africa to explore how tourism can be utilised as an engine for economic growth and job creation.

Xasa will also attend the inaugural Council of Tourism Ministers meeting scheduled for Monday. This Council is chaired by Zimbabwe’s Tourism Minister, Walter Mzembi, who is also the current chairperson of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa.

The ministerial meeting will serve as a platform to discuss policies to support tourism, and also ways in which the sector can be leveraged to stimulate economic and social development on the continent.

South Africa’s participation in the conference will provide opportunities, including strengthening tourism bilateral relations, establishing contacts with counterparts and creating awareness of South Africa as a tourist destination and attract investments.

The Minister will also visit Lilongwe, Malawi, for an official signing ceremony of the Malawi-South Africa memorandum of understanding (MoU) on tourism co-operation on Thursday. The MoU is aimed at strengthening regional co-operation and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

The MoU will focus on the sharing of best practices, human resource capacity-building initiatives, marketing and investment promotions in the field of tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, sustainable tourism development and travel facilitation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK