President Ramaphosa of South Africa is a “Travel & Tourism job creation champion”, according to Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Speaking today at the inaugural WTTC Africa Leaders Forum in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which was hosted by Tourism South Africa, Guevara said: “In his State of the Nation address in February this year, President Ramaphosa not only mentioned the “incredible opportunities” of Travel & Tourism, he also set a powerful target to double the number of people directly employed in our sector from 700,000 to 1.4 million.
“Travel & Tourism is, without doubt, South Africa’s greatest engine for the creation of jobs and the alleviation of poverty".
"It contributes to social equality, encourages the integration of women in the workplace, and enables economic self-reliance. It provides employment in parts of the country where other jobs may not exist and generate a sense of self-worth".
"We praise the Government for recognizing those “incredible opportunities” of our sector and the steps it has already taken to realize the potential", Guevara said.