The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size


African Ministers unite to develop continent’s tourism

10 May 2015

Pretoria- Growth and development of tourism in the African continent is at the top of the agenda during the African Tourism Ministers roundtable discussion on the eve of the official opening of the Tourism Indaba in Durban on Friday.

The roundtable discussion hosted by South African Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom with the theme ‘Africa: Open for Tourism Business’, afforded thirteen African Ministers and key tourism industry players an opportunity to discuss and debate the current state of Tourism in Africa with a view of collectively formulating solutions to grow and develop tourism on the continent.

Minister Hanekom said the African market was undergoing unprecedented growth in tourist arrivals, adding that global interest in the continent, and a growing middle class with disposal income, is driving economic growth.

“Today’s meeting was not only a testimony of our commitment to strengthening relationships with our African counterparts, but a positive step forward towards finding workable solutions to advance tourism within the continent. “Although the continent is overwhelmed by social and economic challenges, challenges such as the outbreak of Ebola and the recent attacks on foreign nationals have the potential to impact negatively on tourism on the continent.

Tourism has to rise against challenges
“We have to rise against these challenges, and commit to work together to address them for the future of tourism,” he said.

The African region has many assets for tourism development, but challenges to infrastructure development, visa facilitation and connectivity, and the financing of tourism development have the potential to offset that growth.

Speaking on the state of tourism in the African continent, Elcia Grandcourt, Regional Director for Africa at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) reasserted the UNWTO’s commitment to supporting Africa in growing tourism.

“Africa must work with Africa to advance tourism in the continent. Cultural and historical resources in Africa are not being adequately harnessed to lure tourists to Africa. To show our commitment, we will host our first image and branding conference in Accra - Ghana with the view to impart skills within the continent, so it can better profile itself.
“Africa is fast establishing itself as one of the most promising regions for tourism. Africa will receive 85 million international tourist arrivals by 2020, and 134 million in 2030, representing respectively 6,3% and 7,4% of international tourist arrivals worldwide,” she said.

-SAnews.gov.za

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

April 2017 Edition

_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

One on one with South African Heritage Ambassador Ms Tando Songwevu on Cultural Diplomacy By Stella Sigcau 28 March 2017 Ms Thando Songwevu plans on flying South Africa's flag high promoting South... <|> South Africa vs Francophonie soccer tournament 29 March 2017 As part of the Festival de la Francophonie taking place in Pretoria this month, the Embassy of France in South Africa hosted a... <|> President Zuma reshuffles cabinet 31 March 2017 Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has made changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.“The changes bring... <|> Imbali Legacy Project founder empowers school in the Eastern Cape By Stella Sigcau 5 April 2017 Prominent Durban-based businesswoman, lawyer, social entrepreneur, leadership coach and founder of... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Enhancing relations between South Africa and the Central African Republic 6 April 2017 President Jacob Zuma hosted the President of the Central African Republic, His Excellency Professor... <|> 9th of April – Commemorating Victim’s Day April 9th has become an important date to Colombia over the past years, due to Law 1448 in 2011 – also known as the Victims Law – establishing it as... <|> Kgwebong Consulting Celebrates Partnerships for the Creation of Communities of Excellence By Kgomotso Kgoale 7 April 2017 Kgwebong Consulting, whose vision it is to Create Communities of... <|> Science, Technology and Environment Cooperation between South Africa and Argentina 6 April 2017 The Scientific and Technological Cooperation between South Africa and Argentina was further enhanced... <|> High Court on Dagga 6 April 2017 The Hemp, Dagga, Weed, Herb, Marijuana and a plant by any other name, Industrialisation report back presentation was full of positive excitement. Medicines,... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.