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Everyone has a role to play in growing local tourism: Minister Xasa

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 7, 2017
Everyone has a role to play in growing local tourism: Minister Xasa

The Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, hosted a tourism Imbizo at Uitenhage, outside Port Elizabeth, on Friday, which sough to create awareness among local residents about what the Tourism Department is about and what the community can do to contribute to it.

Addressing residents and other stakeholders, Minister Xasa said that her aim is to make township tourism world-popular because it is often not recognised by South Africans and travellers alike.

"Tourism is the department that offers many jobs in South Africa by endorsing the spirit of 'Vukuzenzele' - wake up and do for yourself, because tourists are always looking for something that they have never seen before to show their friends and families when they go back to their countries," she said.

The minister highlighted that townships are real and have real people, who can tell real stories to the world and the plan for the Department is to educate communities to use what they have and know to attract tourists and make money out of it.

While the minister was creating awareness amongst the residents of Uitenhage, outside the venue women showcased original products that they sell in the township. These included traditional necklaces and wrist bands as well as soups.

Addressing the media, Minister Xasa said that the campaign is aiming at bringing five million more tourists to our shores in the next five years with the help of all South Africans across the country.

“We are creating the awareness to our people, the tourism that we say as a country creates the much-needed jobs that contribute positively to our GDP,” she said.

“We are looking at if they are able to supply the BnBs and restaurants, gardens etc. and maintaining these kinds of infrastructures.

“We do have funds for infrastructure and skills development so that they are able to operate in various things within the value chain. We have funds, which can assist in exposing the products after we are done with them because no one can buy products that they don’t know."

She added; “This is a campaign that calls upon all South Africans to contribute in tourism and help create the jobs that we are looking for.”

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