Saturday, February 02, 2013

Alan Winde: tourism is the driver of economic and jobs growth

Mluleki Mrwebi
02 February 2013

The J&B Met is South Africa’s oldest annual horse race and Cape Town’s largest outdoor social event.

The event which attracts more than 50 000 people across the country, takes place today at Kenilworth race course.

Horse racing enthusiasts and breeders are all expected to attend the event.

The Western Cape Government welcomed all visitors to the Mother City.

 MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde said this year’s J&B Met, themed “Made to Fly”, promises to be yet another success with sixteen top racehorses competing for a stake of R2.5 million.

Winde said it is anticipated that the race will generate approximately R58 million for the Province’s economy, with R14 million of that in fashion sales alone.

Winde, said tourism is a significant driver of economic and jobs growth in the Western Cape’s tourism sector.

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