Zuma wants tourism to boost economy

2010-02-25 12:20

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants to see tourism’s contribution to the

country’s gross domestic product to increase by double digits in the next five

years, he has said.

“Our view is that the sector requires undivided attention to enable

it to boost our economic growth considerably,” he told the Tourism, Sport and

Mega Events Summit, in Sandton today.

“To fully unlock the potential of tourism we will need to build on

our existing successes while exploring new frontiers for growth and


Zuma greeted and chatted to people at an exhibition linked to the

conference which he visited with UN World Tourism Organisation secretary general

Taleb Rafai.

Zuma joked that the three women manning the City of Johannesburg

stall were “setting people up for disappointment” by advertising it as the city

of gold.

“We told them that the people in the city of Joburg were its gold,”

said exhibitor Nosizwe Mji.

During the walkabout, Rafai said many people in the country were

concerned whether the World Cup would leave a lasting legacy.

He expressed confidence that it would leave benefits which would

enrich the country long after the final whistle was blown.

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