The National Department of Tourism (NDT) says they will be focusing on making more South African attractions universally accessible, in a bid to open tourism to more domestic travellers.
According to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, speaking on #WorldTourismDay in the Free State, the NDT and South African Tourism are working at promoting domestic tourism.
“SA Tourism has been allocated a ring-fenced budget of just over R100-million a year for the next few years specifically for domestic tourism.
Universal Access, along with affordable access for groups of marginalised people, pensioners, those who have very little disposable income, as well as the youth, will be prioritized.
Hanekom called on all tourism stakeholders to open their business to more people. This, he says, will not only be beneficial to all South Africans, but also the business as the target market would be broadened.
“Universal Access will enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness in an increasingly competitive global market,” Hanekom says.
“Accessibility is essential for responsible and sustainable development. It is also an exceptional business opportunity. Most importantly, it is simply the right thing to do,” he says.