Government blind to tourism sector’s potential

Government blind to tourism sector’s potential

By Michael Gwarisa THE US$2.657 million budgetary allocation that was availed to the tourism industry in the 2017 budget presents an even bleak future for the tourism industry. Regionally, the South African government has realised serious revenue and massive Gross Domestic Product contribution to the economy directly from the tourism industry and funding towards the sector has been on an upward trend over the years. The Department of Tourism’s budget for fiscal period 2015/16 is ZAR 1.8 billion, of which ZAR 977 million is directed to South African Tourism. Tourism’s…

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