MEC: Tourism starts at home

2016-09-21 06:00
MAC JACK (left), MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, and Collin Fortune, chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Board.  Photo: Boipelo Mere

MAC JACK (left), MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, and Collin Fortune, chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Board. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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BEFORE exploring national or international tourism destinations, South-Africans need to know their local attractions.

This was emphasised by Mac Jack, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, during the launch of Tourism Month on Monday, 5 September. The theme was Tourism for All: Universal Accessibility.

Jack highlighted the importance of involving schools in tourism to allow learners to understand their horizons as far as the Northern Cape is concerned.

Elaborating on the tourism keypoints in the province, the MEC pointed out the spaciousness, clean air and agricultural activities as advantages.

According to Jack, tourism is ­currently a source that can be relied on in terms of job creation and contribu-ting towards the economy of the province.

“That is since other sectors of our economy were, and still are, compromised by circumstances,” elaborated Jack.

“These are agriculture, that was affected by the drought, and mining, affected by comodity prices.

“Many jobs were lost in the process.

“More tourism means more jobs, and that way we will be able to address the challenges of fighting poverty.”

He urged small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) to inrease their role in promoting tourism and put their province on top.

He also encouraged municipalities to show support towards tourism development.

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