CURRENT AFFAIRS: THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The week in review had the Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba deliver his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement to Parliament. We welcome remarks made by the Minister that tourism needs to be seen as an “export growth sector”. Notwithstanding the surmountable challenges ahead, we also believe enough room remains to turn the economy around, by leveraging on green shoots in the economy such as travel and tourism that are still showing significant growth potential. Click Here to view a summary presentation of the speech.
The week also had the Minister of Police release the crime statistics for the 2016/17 financial year. In case you missed it, Click Here to listen to a Tourism Update webinar titled ‘How we can best protect our tourists’ that we participated in. It is pleasing to note that the Tourism Safety Initiative on www.tourismsafety.co.za was identified as a key way for trade to report on incidences of crime and to also engage on tourism safety and security matters.
Click Here to read the webinar follow-up article titled Police take action on tourist safety.
On a more serious note, the World Health Organisation issued a Black Death Warning to nine countries surrounding Madagascar. This is after an outbreak of a Plague that struck the island a few weeks back took a pneumonic (spread by air) form. The countries, inclusive of South Africa are: Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Reunion, and Seychelles. No travel ban has yet been enacted.