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Tourism Safety Strategy in the Pipeline

August 6, 2019

Department of Tourism

6 August 2019

The tourism department has confirmed that acts of criminality against tourists have become a source of great concern.

In a statement, the department added that the criminal activity targeting tourists has a negative impact on South Africa’s tourism potential and the visitor experience.

According to the department, practical measures to promote the safety and security of travelers and tourists are being adopted as a matter of urgency.

Measures include:

• The gathering of comprehensive statistics and research that result in reliable information and data suitable for risk assessment by decision-makers and policy-makers;
• The training and education of travel employees and private and public sector service personnel to help in protecting tourists;
• The development of private sector/public sector partnerships to facilitate safety-conscious travel and promote economic growth.
• The implementation of programmes of emergency services for travelers and tourists in need in order to assist them and support successful prosecutions;
• The allocation of adequate resources to the courts, the police and public and private security forces for the protection and general well-being of travelers and tourists.

In another statement, the minister of tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, sought to reassure tourists that it is safe to travel to South Africa.

According to the minister, the safety of tourists remains a top priority for the South African government.

The minister added that the Tourism Safety Strategy will be launched in a few weeks.