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South Africa: Tourism MINMEC Charts the Way Forward for 2013
Source: Issued by: Department of Tourism
Source Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 21, 2012

MINMEC welcomed the improved and streamlined method of data collection and expressed their full confidence in the integrity of the current tourism statistics as a basis for planning for the new financial year. A team comprised of Stats South Africa, Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and the Department of Tourism (NDT) met earlier this year to review the various statistical processes pertinent to collection and processing of international tourist arrivals.

Domestic tourism marketing and budget alignment between government spheres were also discussed. The Minister and the Members of the Executive Council will continue to focus on spending limited resources wisely in order to get the best possible returns on its marketing investments in the different spheres of government.

The 26 February 2013 will see the launch of the Local Government Tourism Conference and the Local Government Tourism Development and Growth Support Programme. This two day conference will provide a platform for more than 400 public, private sector stakeholders and leadership an opportunity to engage on the challenges of tourism development, and how best to capacitate and support Local Government in delivering on the tourism mandate.

MINMEC also noted the progress of the implementation of the Awards programme for 2013. The provinces confirmed their readiness to implement the provincial awards programme, which will also be aligned to the national awards which will take place in September 2013.

For enquiries:
Mr Trevor Bloem
NDT spokesperson
Chief Director: Communications
Tel: 012 444 6607
E-mail: tbloem@tourism.gov.za
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