Interventions and enablers outlined in the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan will facilitate the preservation of R189 billion of value, and help the sector to recover.
“Additionally, it will position the sector for long-term sustainable growth,” Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said at a media briefing on Thursday.
Unpacking the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, the Minister said the plan represents the tourism industry’s collective response to the devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector.
“It is a product of extensive industry consultation and reflects the industry’s commitment to deep and intensive collaboration around a set of clearly defined and specific areas of cooperation.”
The Minister noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the sector into unprecedented crisis, both locally and globally, as the sector continues to shed jobs with tourism enterprises in distress and small and medium enterprises being the worst affected. Many are facing the possibility of permanent closure.
The Department of Tourism, working together with the industry, developed the plan, outlining a set of interventions to ignite the recovery of the sector, and to place it on a path to long-term sustainability…