South African Tourism and Stats SA has announced that Limpopo is leading all the provinces on the domestic tourism front and encourage local residents to travel to their province this Tourism Month as a way to grow tourism and boost the provincial economy.
On Wednesday, 30 August 2017, the MEC for Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Mr Seaparo Sekoati launched Tourism Month by announcing a plethora of activities as part of celebrating spring and tourism at Forever Resort Swadini in Hoedspruit. As the biggest employer in the country, the tourism sector (and Limpopo in particular) is seen as a solution to challenges of poverty and unemployment facing the country. The sector has the propensity to create more job opportunities given its resilience during current economic challenges such as the technical recession.
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The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) annually identifies a theme that seeks to create awareness about the importance of tourism in every society for the whole year. This year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development’ and calls for all and sundry not to be oblivious to the importance of preserving tourism including environment in the quest for development. The 2017 tourism month theme, as driven by South African Tourism, is ‘I Do/We Do Tourism Sustainably’ in line with the international one.
The Interim CEO of LTA, Mr Gladwin Kotsedi said, “Tourism Month is now in full swing and we urge our people to take advantage of the various special packages the industry has to offer. We further urge all our people to take part in the many activities lined up for this month.” The Agency will partner with all the relevant stakeholders to identify new hidden tourism gems of the Province to be packaged for marketing. Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa encouraged this during her speech at the national media launch of Tourism Month in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga Province on 26 July 2017 saying, “… together we can ensure that domestic tourism drives traffic into smaller, lesser known parts of the country that are just waiting to be uncovered and explored.”
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Source: Limpopo Toursim Agency. Image: Pixabay