Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Tourism has asked for public submissions on ways to push for transformation in the tourism sector.
In a statement on Monday, the committee noted that the pace of transformation in the tourism sector in South Africa is ‘pedestrian’ and that tourism development is confined to the Johannesburg-Durban-Cape Town ‘Golden Triangle’, with pockets of excellence in selected areas in other provinces.
This has forced the committee to adopt an oversight approach that seeks to promote tourism development in the country’s villages, townships and small dorpies (VTSD), it said.
“To achieve this, the committee has adopted a working philosophy based on the 3Rs, namely, “rebranding, repositioning and renewal” of the tourism sector in the South African economy.
“In pursuing this end, the committee seeks to work with all segments and structures of civil society in an unco-optable, non-antagonistic, cooperative and reciprocating oversight approach.”