22 February 2013

Conference to focus on role of local government in tourism

The National Department of Tourism is hosting a Local Government Tourism Conference on 26 and 27 February 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk will be attending the Local Government Tourism Conference

The conference will provide a platform for dialogue among public- and private-sector tourism stakeholders.

Themed 'Tourism Development: Why Local Government Matters', the Local Government Tourism Conference will look at the role of local government in tourism; how partnerships between local government and the private sector can stimulate tourism growth; and how tourism development can be planned at a local government level. Tourism marketing is also on the agenda.

Conference delegates will learn about national tourism policies and strategies, and how these have an impact on local government; strategise on how best to empower and capacitate local government to integrate national strategic issues into its planning; and deliberate on how best to support local government to deliver the tourism mandate. The role of local government in the tourism value chain will also be clarified.

The conference will also see the launch of the Local Government Tourism Development and Growth Support Programme.

Among those attending the conference will be Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the MECs for economic development and tourism, executive mayors, and the chairperson of the South African Local Government Association.

To view the conference programme, click here.

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