Friday, September 27, 2013

Allan Winde Tours Cape’s Popular Tourism Sights Ahead of World Tourism Day

Mluleki Mrwebi
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 2015.

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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