Private sector steps in due to government incompetence in Tourism

Issued by Manny de Freitas MP – DA Shadow Minister of Tourism
17 Nov 2023 in News

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The private sector is stepping in due to perceived government incompetence in managing tourism. Notably, GPS navigation applications like Google Maps and Waze will now designate routes to Nyanga and Borcherds Quarry as “high-risk routes” or “crime hotspots” to prevent tourists from unintentionally traveling through these areas.

This serves as a tangible illustration of the government’s apparent failure to address crime adequately, provide essential resources, and enforce policing measures, potentially resulting in adverse economic impacts on tourism.

This decision by international companies follows an unfortunate incident where an unsuspecting American tourist was shot and robbed in Nyanga while driving from Cape Town International Airport last week. Ironically, the actions of these companies contribute more to public safety and security for tourism than the South African Police Service (SAPS) and its political head, Bheki Cele. The decision, made in consultation with the City of Cape Town, was prompted by reports of attacks on tourists.

Government mismanagement, corruption, and a lack of leadership and development within the travel and tourism sector are significant factors discouraging tourists from visiting the country. Despite these challenges, the tourism sector is gradually growing, thanks to the efforts of the private sector. Unfortunately, beyond the Western Cape, little progress is being made to advance and promote tourism, whether it be domestic or international.

In response to these concerns, I plan to write to Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille, seeking information on her department’s plans to address this issue and coordinate with other relevant departments. Additionally, I will submit questions for an official reply from the Minister to gain further insight into how the government intends to tackle this matter.

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