TOURISM COMMITTEE TO BE CLOSELY MONITORED TO MEET JOB CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT TARGETS

Parliament, The Portfolio Committee on Tourism today received a briefing from the National Department of Tourism on the Annual Performance Plan for 2018/19 � 2020/2021. Whilst tourism is a major driver of local economic development and job creation, the committee is pleased to see a target of 4 331 full-time equivalent jobs to be created in this financial year. The committee will be monitoring this target quarter by quarter to ensure that it is realised.

The portfolio committee encouraged the Department of Tourism to liaise with other government departments, such as the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, to look at promoting tourism within their sectors, thus supporting rural economies. We would want to see the focus shift towards the development of tourism in villages, townships and small towns, with rural tourism being prioritised and promoted in the next five years, said the Chairperson of Tourism, Mr Supra Mahumapelo.

The department presented its plan on the destination enhancement and route development projects on four priority areas � Port Nolloth to Hondeklipbaai, Sutherland to Carnarvon, Orange River Mouth to Vioolsdrift and Port St Johns to Coffee Bay.

The committee also welcomed the development plan for local communities living around five parks, as the assistance provided will enable these communities to become service maintenance entrepreneurs in these parks.

Source: Parliament