TBCSA HOSTS A POST BUDGET SPEECH NETWORKING FUNCTION – KEY STATEMENTS
Following the 2017/18 Tourism Budget Speech to Parliament, TBCSA hosted a stakeholder networking function, to formally welcome the Minister of Tourism in her new portfolio and to share a high-level overview of the private sector’s perspective on the Tourism Budget Speech. The event was attended by our Tourism Minister, Tokozile Xasa and her team, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Tourism, the SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, senior officials from the Department of Tourism, as well as industry leaders from within the TBCSA membership.
Here is some high-level commentary of what we had to say about the Budget which was part of the TBCSA CEO, Mmatšatši Ramawela’s opening remarks for the networking function:
- TBCSA welcomes and congratulates Ms. Tokozile Xasa in her new role as Minister of Tourism, the first female leader to take on this role;
- We applaud the Minister’s special emphasis on partnership at municipal and local level to unlock domestic tourism; tourism is the oxygen that can feed the economy and this is where tourism activity actually takes place
- We applaud the Minister’s commitment to resolving the travel facilitation issues that have presented numerous challenges for businesses in the industry.
- Further we welcome the announcement by the Minister that a cluster will be established within Cabinet to look at the collaboration between departments to facilitate tourism activity.
- The focus on the oceans economy and the announcement regarding the establishment of the Aviation Steering Committee in partnership with the Department of Tourism has also been noted as a positive development
- Understanding that Minister Xasa has specifically been driving issues of women empowerment in the industry, the TBCSA looks forward to working with all role-players in the industry to ensure that we come up with concrete ideas on how this can be achieved
- Looking ahead, the tourism private sector wishes to hear the Minister’s unpacking and application of the concept of radical economic transformation in the travel and tourism industry, and what this specifically means for the sector. The Council further wishes to hear more about how travel and tourism can feature in various programs driven by the Department of Trade and Industry, particularly the Black Industrialists Program
- Tourism Minister Ms Toxozile Xasa thanked TBCSA for its leadership and the importance to liaise with the tourism industry. Xasa also stressed the need to work with the private sector to grow the industry, saying her ‘door is always open’.
- SA Tourism CEO Mr Sisa Ntshona said that transformation in the travel and tourism industry does not need to come at the cost of growth. Ntshona also said that by exploring opportunities in existing and new markets, we can achieve tourist arrivals growth and improve the GDP contribution of tourism.
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