27 September 2013
In celebration of World Tourism Day today,
Alan Winde, MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, visited several
of the province’s well-known tourist spots. Among others, Minister Winde had a
family braai at Oudekraal and cycled the famous Chapman’s Peak route, stopping
in at various pavement coffee shops throughout the day.
MEC Winde said the Western Cape Government
plans to increase the contribution of tourism to the province’s GDP to 15% by
This will be done through various
initiatives promoting leisure and business travel to the region.
Winde said these include spreading the
benefit of tourism to rural areas through the development of tourism-based
infrastructure products. There will be a focus on introducing more compelling
winter tourism experiences to ensure the industry is sustainable year-round.
He added that following the retraction of
SAA flights from Cape Town direct to Europe, the Western Cape
Government is also engaging with other operators to secure additional direct
routes. These discussions are proceeding well.
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