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Thursday, September 24, 2020
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    Workshop hosted for small tourism businesses during tourism month

    Tourism provides the much-needed jobs and wealth.

    The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) together with Gert Sibande District Municipality and Govan Mbeki Local Municipality hosted a Tourism SMME Fair, exhibition and workshop in Bethal on 21 September.
    This forms part of a series of awareness campaigns and events that have been scheduled to celebrate tourism month in the province.
    “We are pleased to be partnering with the district and local municipalities in this initiative which adds value to our small tourism businesses. Our aim is to create awareness on the impact of tourism in our daily lives. This tourism fair is one of the platforms we create for small tourism businesses in the province to come together and learn about the latest trends in the sector and areas that needs improvement in promoting their businesses”, said Xolani Mthethwa, Head of Tourism at MTPA.
    The concept of the tourism fairs started a few years ago with the aim of contributing towards the development of the SMMEs in the tourism sector. The tourism fairs are usually hosted during tourism month when people are encouraged to support local businesses by travelling and visiting the less visited areas, hence the decision to host this event in Bethal.
    “The workshop afforded an opportunity for small tourism businesses to be coached on business. The speakers focused on business coaching, support provided by government to small businesses, and funding opportunities as well as issues relating to tourism grading services”, explained Mthethwa.
    “Tourism provides the much-needed jobs and wealth. In our awareness campaigns, we continuously encourage the youth currently studying or that have completed their studies to explore numerous opportunities available in the tourism sector” commended Mthethwa.
    As we celebrate tourism month, we encourage communities to support local businesses and explore what they offer. Parks Weeks is an initiative by MTPA to encourage locals to travel to any of our 11 provincial nature reserves throughout the province. Entry into these nature reserves is free to all South African citizens as long as they produce their ID or drivers licence”, explained Mthethwa.
    This year’s World Tourism Day will be celebrated in Mpumalanga Province on September 27, at KaNyamazane Stadium in Mbombela. – Adele Smit

    Workshop hosted for small tourism businesses during tourism month