Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tourism month driving domestic travel

By Anele Siwa
21 August 2007

Tourism month, observed annually in September, this year launched at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

“The province was honoured to be hosting this year’s Tourism Month festivities,” says MEC for economic development in the Eastern Cape Mbulelo Sogoni.

“We will help showcase the array of sights in our beautiful province. This province is home to many of the jewels in South Africa’s tourism crown,” adds Sogoni.

Tourism has been identified by the Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa as one of three economic growth sectors to sustain investment and make possible development en route to the National Treasure target of 6% growth.

Tourism Month is the initiative of the United Nations Development Programme, aimed at shining a spotlight on tourism and its economic benefits.

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