Minister of the Department of Tourism, Thokozile Xasa. Picture: Instagram.

Tourism Month, which is in September was officially launched last week at Mpumalanga. 
This year’s Tourism Month seeks to encourage South Africans to explore their country and promote local tourism. Here are some of the things to do during travel month.

Group travels
People are encouraged to do local travelling, especially in big groups. It’s much cheaper and keeps the economy within the country. 

Travelling in groups is much more fun and cheaper.

Supporting local talent
South Africa has so much talent, Minister Thokozile Xasa stated that young local artists need to be booked and given exposure to grow in their respective industry. 

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Explore coastal provinces
As much as in land provinces are nice, relaxing and bonding with nature is even nicer. Sometimes you need to get out of the city buzz and discover the beauty that nature has to offer. 

Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.

Be adventurous 
It’s always great to get out of your comfort zone. Do something you’ve never done before, face those fears and do that bungee jumping, hiking, whatever that might increase your adrenalin rush. 

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Seek opportunities and use them

There are many many opportunities in the tourism industry for local businesses. I mean think of it like this: You might be an entrepreneur, making soaps and other beauty products. How many B&B’s and hotels does South Africa have? Who supplies soaps there? These are some of the important things that were mentioned at the launch, of which South Africans need to take note of.

  * Tourism Month starts on September 1- September 30.