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Improvements in tourism would boost NMB economy and job creation - Trollip

By Charl Bosch - Sep 21, 2015
Improvements in tourism would boost NMB economy and job creation - Trollip

Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, Athol Trollip, has indicated that the party plans on turning Nelson Mandela Bay into the next tourism hub if elected in next year’s election.

Addressing party members and councillors as part of his 60 wards in 60 days campaign at the Springs Holiday Resort outside Uitenhage on Monday, Trollip stated that while domestic tourism has continued to flourish in many parts of the country, attractions and accommodations in Nelson Mandela Bay has been left lacking and in states of neglect.

“What we have seen here today can hardly be described as a good story to tell. This is supposed to be a recreational area but everything is broken, left in disrepair and in a shocking state,” Trollip said after conducting a visit of the area.

“Domestic tourism should thrive in Nelson Mandela Bay but when you look at places like these, it is hardly surprising that no-one comes here. This city should become a tourism hotspot and not an arrivals and departure lounge.

He added that the promotion of tourism would not only result in job creation, but also boost revenue and the image of Nelson Mandela Bay.

“There are no incentives to boost tourism. We have lots of attractions but there is a lack of vision from the city as well as a lack of marketing between the province, city and national government.

“In addition, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism received R10-million in promoting the city and doing their business, yet they only managed to generate R50 000 in revenue through memberships and perception last year. Tourism is our biggest driver of economic growth and jobs,” Trollip said.

He continued, “We will launch campaigns focusing on the potentials of the Metro and market it to domestic and regional tourists. We need a growing economy and more job creation; hence we cannot allow this city to slide even lower than it already is”.