Cape Times

Campaign to save tourism


AFTER three days of engagement­s at Africa's Travel and Tourism Summit, the Department of Tourism is confident that ideas from discussion­s will re-awaken the sector in the country.

A strong focus was placed on the revival of small and medium enterprise­s (SMMEs) in townships and rural areas.

Department of Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela said SMMEs can assist in the sector's return to pre-Covid performanc­e levels.

“The Tourism Sector Recovery Plan also makes provision for the establishm­ent of a support hub to provide non-financial support to tourism businesses so as to increase the resilience of SMMEs during the pandemic and beyond,” he said.

Head of global policy and communicat­ions at Airbnb, Chris Lehane, said there had been an uptick in domestic tourism since the outbreak of the virus.

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