‘Safe tourism will grow in­dus­try’

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Inside - News@the­newage.co.za

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.

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