Cape Town impressed Travel & Tourism leaders from across Africa with its resilience and forward-looking spirit at the inaugural World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Africa Leaders Forum yesterday.
WTTC, which represents the global private Travel & Tourism sector, brought together government ministers, private sector CEOs, and public sector leaders to discuss how the sector can work together to achieve the long-term potential for growth of the Travel & Tourism sector in Africa.
The event was hosted by Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism and was held at the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “During our inaugural Africa Leaders Forum, we witnessed the tremendous resilience shown by Cape Town and its great spirit. International arrivals to the city continue to grow as they have developed an excellent public and private partnership, a model of how sectors are working together to create jobs and drive economic growth through Travel & Tourism.
“The Africa Leaders Forum examined a range of issues, including the opportunities for visa reform and greater airline connectivity to generate jobs, and the potential for long term sustainable growth.
“The opportunity of Africa is immense. We forecast that 30 to 45 million jobs will be added by the Travel & Tourism sector over the next 10 years, if countries in the region implement visa reforms to facilitate travel, achieve greater airline connectivity and execute their plans.
“I would like to recognise the leadership of Minister Hanekom and his commitment to Travel & Tourism. Our research shows that Travel & Tourism in South Africa is forecast to grow by 2.9% in 2018, almost three times faster than the local economy which is forecast to grow at 1%. Travel & Tourism contributes 8.9% of South Africa’s GDP and we estimate that over 1 million direct jobs could be created in the country through visa facilitation and connectivity improvements.”