Township Tourism: Why SA should value and invest in places like Khayelitsha

2017-03-02 09:35 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town – Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa has called for small micro-medium enterprises (SMME) in townships to take part and help SA tourism get to great lengths in areas like Khayelitsha. 

Speaking at a tourism imbizo held at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha on Wednesday, Xasa says for tourism in SA to grow and be better, community members as well as SMME’s need to participate and make not only townships, but the whole city more welcoming for tourists.

“For us to realise radical economic transformation we must have inclusive economic growth – meaning participation from everyone is key,” she says.

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According to Xasa, the community outreach is a way of participating, as you cannot talk tourism in isolation from human settlement or from transformation.

“As tourism, this help make people know about us, come to us and do business with us in our establishments, making use of them and make money,” says Xasa.

She further states that economic growth and tourism with the entire value chain of communities are one and should not be isolated as it would result in isolating the attraction of the place.

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Xasa says community members as well as small business owners need to take full advantages of their attraction or draw-cards around them and use it as an opportunity to open up more business.

“Tourists are not only just satisfied by popular attractions that the city has to offer, but also they want to see new places and meet the people".

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"Khayelitsha is a gem that is required by tourists and we as tourism are boosting that through finding a way where we can demonstrate collaboration between government departments, private sectors and the community because it happens in the community and participation creates job opportunities in the tourism sector,” she adds.