The socio-economic case for tourism in Kruger Lowveld/Ehlanzeni

The CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, stated in an article in the Beeld newspaper on 4 December 2016, that tourism hasn't realised a fraction of its potential in South Africa because the government still doesn't believe in it.

He said that government’s prevailing view of tourism is that it is still regarded as a largely white industry, affecting and largely benefiting white people; that the case for tourism has not been made in South Africa and that most people still perceive it as an elitist thing that is done only by wealthy people. This view has to change, as there’s no doubt that the value of tourism when it comes to boosting South Africa’s economy, is enormous.

In an article published on the online news portal, Tourism Update, in September 2016, Mmatšatši Ramawela, the Tourism Business Council of SA’s CEO, was quoted stating, “Operation Phakisa is a national government initiative to fast-track the implementation of solutions to critical development issues. The tourism sector should have its own similar initiative because tourism is the only sector that has shown growth globally for six consecutive years.”

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