South African government calls for partnership with private sector to improve tourism
The South African government has called on the private sector to partner with it to advance tourism growth and development beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As an economic engine, tourism has the potential to create multiple opportunities for all,” Deputy Tourism Minister Fish Mahlalela told the Limpopo province tourism and business community on Friday. “Its ability to generate demand and production in various sectors of the economy affirms its importance in our country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).”
“It is through private sector investment that we can create an enabling environment that will foster the effective and sustainable development, management and promotion of tourism,” he said.
The government has invested in the past two years over US$11 million to improve some tourist facilities such as Eastgate Airport Terminal, SleepOver Motel Orpen Gate, Mnisi Resort, Train on the Bridge ( Skukuza), Mahlalela said.
The government is keen on public-private partnerships to save the sector and make it sustainable, he said.
“As a government, we realize that seamless collaboration between all state bodies is vital for the recovery of the tourism sector,” Mahlalela said.
“We will continue to support the sector through our investment promotion, facilitation and monitoring efforts to stimulate investment, develop tourism and improve the visitor experience.” Final article