17 Mar 2023

Minister Patricia De Lille notes tourism statistics

Tourism recovery plan to bolster sector post-pandemic

The Minister of Tourism, Patricia De Lille, notes the tourism statistics released by Statistics South Africa on 15 March 2023 and applauds the sector for its continued commitment to recovery. The Tourism Satellite Account for 2020 statistics reflects the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A strategic pillar of South Africa’s economy, tourism has the potential to address the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality through the creation of decent jobs. Apart from generating revenue, it provides the economic opportunities for women and youth, supports the development of SMMEs through enterprise development. By these means, economic inclusion is achieved by creating viable tourism businesses that create sustainable jobs and contributes to the economic development. Tourism has multiple linkages with other sectors of the economy and generates significant multiplier effects.

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Source: South African Government