‘Safe tourism will grow industry’
PARLIAMENT’S portfolio committee on tourism yesterday condemned the increased attacks on tourists and hikers on Table Mountain during the holiday season.
In the latest attack on Sunday, a man was stabbed to death on the mountain above St James.
The committee also condemned the alleged sexual assault of a tourist at a police roadblock outside OR Tambo International Airport.
MPs are concerned that these attacks will affect tourism, which is a major role player in the economy, particularly in Cape Town, South Africa’s key international tourist destination.
“Fewer tourists visiting South Africa will hit jobs and the related spinoffs of this industry.
“This comes at a time when South Africa is attempting to improve the economy by attracting international investors,” chairperson of the committee Beatrice Ngcobo said.
She called on the provincial department of tourism, the national department of tourism, the police and the national parks department to collaborate and institute mechanisms to make tourist destinations safer.
“We call on crime prevention authorities to be vigilant and to work closely with communities in crime hot spots to enable both local and overseas tourists to enjoy the tourist destinations without fear of becoming victims of crime,” she said.