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TBCSA welcomes the re-appointment of the Tourism Minister, Patricia de Lille

Pretoria, 1 July 2024

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) welcomes Patricia de Lille’s return to the Ministry of Tourism as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new executive. As the private sector tourism lobby, we are thrilled to have Auntie Pat back in the tourism portfolio owing to the solid partnership built with the public sector in the 6th administration. We also take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Maggie Sotyu.

TBCSA Chairman, Jerry Mabena states, “Minister De Lille’s new tenure will ensure continuity of the initiatives that the sector has been working on with her support. Key among them is reaching our goal of 15.6 million tourist arrivals to South Africa by 2030”.

Key Industry objectives:

  • Visa waivers for key source markets to improve arrival figures into the country
  • Destination marketing and promotion in all source markets
  • Robust participation by development finance institutions in supporting SMMEs in the sector and driving transformation
  • Growing the rural economy through community participation and beneficiation
  • Enhancing relations between the private and public sectors, including working relationships with ministries that support tourism initiatives, such as Home Affairs, DIRCO, and the Department of Transport
  • Ensuring that all tourists travel the country safely

We also wish to express our deep gratitude to the former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela, with whom we worked well together.

The statement was issued by Mr. Jerry Mabena, Chairman of the TBCSA