The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency together with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism launched its tourism month program at HoyoHoyo Acorns Lodge in Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge last week. A series of events and activities aimed at promoting Mpumalanga as a destination were presented to the media and tourism stakeholders.
The theme for this year is “Tourism and the digital transformation”
“Domestic tourism is key in ensuring that our local people discover the diverse offerings available locally and benefit from them. It is therefore important to ensure that tourism products developed are sustainable and accessible to all”, said Mr JohannesNobunga, CEO of MTPA
“We have partnered with various tourism stakeholders like the Regional Tourism Organisations, various government departments, district and local municipalities as well as media to work together to profile Mpumalanga as a preferred tourism destination. We have a series of exciting events lined up for the month of September to attract more visitors into the province”, explained Nobunga.
The series of events scheduled for September include the Lilizela Awards aimed at recognizing service standards within the tourism businesses. This event will coincide with the Ray Phiri Memorial Lecture and Mbombela Jazz Festival from 6 – 9 September.
Other events coming up are:
- The Provincial Tourism Day in the Gert Sibande District is another event on 22 September aimed at creating a platform to interact with various stakeholders and educate the community about responsible tourism and the impact it has in our daily lives.
- The Mpumalanga Parks Week scheduled from 17 – 21 September 2018 will afford our communities with free entry into the selected MTPA Nature Reserves.
- Women operating in the tourism sector will also be honoured at a symposium in Secunda on 14 September where they will be afforded an opportunity to learn more about the trends in the tourism business.
This year’s National World Tourism Day will be celebrated in the Eastern Cape on 25 September 2018.
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