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The Western Cape is still the leading leisure destination in the country. The Domestic Tourism Survey for the 2016 period, released by Stats SA yesterday, has revealed that the Western Cape is still the leading Province in domestic tourism.

Out of the 14,8 million paid bed nights spent during overnight trips around the country in 2016, the Western Cape accounted for 4,1 million, the largest portion out of all of South Africa’s Provinces.

This news demonstrates the Western Cape’s commitment to the burgeoning and thriving tourism industry in South Africa, where our Province is capitalising not only on money coming from international visitors, but also from local holidaymakers who still choose the Western Cape as their breakaway destination of choice.

I commend the Minister of Economic Opportunities, Tourism, and Agriculture, Alan Winde, for effectively promoting our Province’s tourism potential to attract local visitors and create jobs for the people of the Western Cape. As a result, the province is profiting from the domestic tourism industry worth some R63 billion. This clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of project Khulisa, in which tourism has been singled out as a key sector for economic growth and job creation in the Western Cape.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we remain committed to growing the tourism sector, as it continues to prove how beneficial it is to all residents.

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