Speaking at the inaugural WTTC Africa Leaders Forum in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which was hosted by Tourism South Africa, Guevara said “In his State of the Nation address in February this year, President Ramaphosa not only mentioned the incredible opportunities of Travel & Tourism, he also set a powerful target to double the number of people directly employed in our sector from 700,000 to 1.4 million.”
“Travel & Tourism is without doubt South Africa’s greatest engine for the creation of jobs and the alleviation of poverty. It contributes to social equality, encourages the integration of women in the workplace, and enables economic self-reliance. It provides employment in parts of the country where other jobs may not exist and generates a sense of self-worth. We praise the Government for recognising those incredible opportunities of our sector and the steps it has already taken to realise the potential,” she added.
According to annually published WTTC data, Travel & Tourism currently contributes a total of 8,9 percent of South Africa’s GDP and creates 726,000 jobs directly, rising to 1,5 million when all the impacts of the sector are taken into account.
WTTC represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector. Its Members consist of more than 170 Chairs, Presidents and CEOs from companies in every part of the Travel & Tourism sector.