Tourism Month focuses on one of the most critical sectors in terms of its economic investment and job creation opportunities. According to a statement issued by James Vos, Mayco member for economic opportunities, they are focusing on schools to educate learners on the importance of the tourism industry. He visited Sea View Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain, and schools in Langa and Khayelitsha on Friday 13 September. “We took the opportunity to inform learners of career opportunities available to them should they decide to choose tourism as a livelihood,” said Vos. He accompanied several representatives from leading hotels in Cape Town on a Curated Routes Tour. “I made use of the opportunity to highlight and showcase an array of cultural experiences in Khayelitsha,” Vos said. According to Vos, the visit gave the representatives an opportunity to interact with inspirational people, including artists, baristas and start-up business owners, while creating the opportunity for ‘tourism-prenuers’ to display a range of diverse activities.”The tour reflects the core focus of the recently revised Tourism Development Framework (TDF), which is to create more community-based offerings. The City is taking an immersive approach to cultural tourism and aims to change the local landscape by embracing diversification of tourism experiences. According to Vos, this will give momentum to the City’s objective to facilitate sustainable job creation to help establish more ‘tourism-preneurs’ while transforming the tourism landscape in Cape Town.“I also accompanied executive mayor, Dan Plato, on a trip up Table Mountain to celebrate that Table Mountain was recently nominated for the Leading Attraction in Africa award category.” Vos urges all proud Capetonians to vote for #LoveCapeTown. “Cape Town is a beautiful city and I am truly excited about the future of tourism and exceptionally proud of what we have to offer,” Vos said. V To vote visit www.worldtravelawards.com.