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Advisory Panel on Tourism Set Up

November 4, 2020

Department of Tourism

A panel of experts to help review current tourism policies and develop a new policy direction for the tourism sector has been appointed.

In a statement, the tourism department announced that the seven-member Advisory Panel, comprising of experts with diverse knowledge in the sector and the economy, will review all existing policies and provide guidance to the tourism minister over a twelve-month period in order to develop a new comprehensive and overarching tourism policy framework to guide the sector to new heights.

According to the department, the panel will focus on “transformation, travel facilitation and regulatory barriers, tourism safety, quality assurance, tourist guiding, tour operators and travel agencies, technological development, product or infrastructure development and conferences bidding and support”.

Other focus areas include knowledge management, best practices, responsible tourism and sustainable tourism.

The tourism minister, Kubayi-Ngubane, pointed out that the “panel will ensure alignment between proposed policy and government plans and through this policy review, we aim to reposition the tourism sector towards a new trajectory by unlocking its full potential”.