Hospitality industry urged to work towards building provincial economy at FEDHASA Cape AGM

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The recently appointed Western Cape MEC of finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier, has vowed to continue building a strong partnership with the hospitality industry in order to create a thriving economy in the province.

Minister Maynier addressed the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) Cape region’s 2019 AGM on Wednesday 17 July.

Although Minister Maynier stated that the provincial government intends to prioritise the tourism sector, he also referred to success stories such as the Air Access programme. Air Access has ensured that various airlines have elected to fly directly to Cape Town International Airport. Under the programme, United Airlines will begin flying directly from New York to Cape Town in December.

“What Cape Town Air Access illustrates is what we can achieve when we put our heads together and we work together in the Western Cape. But there is of course a lot more work to be done unblocking the tourism and hospitality sector,” says Maynier.

This is why Minister Maynier has committed to invest in the provincial government’s Red Tape Reduction programme.

Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities & Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, also addressed FEDHASA Cape members, urging collective action on issues affecting the tourism industry while listing actions planned by the City of Cape Town to support tourism. Vos’ portfolio includes the tourism function in Cape Town.

“We are committed to boost cultural experiences and help diversify Cape Town’s tourism offering to lead to more community involvement and an increase in economic benefits. The City’s objective is to facilitate sustainable job creation in a depressed economic climate, to help establish 'tourism-preneurs' while transforming the tourism landscape in Cape Town,” he stated.

“My immediate priority is to work with the sector to drive demand that makes business sense, and implement strategies that will bring about the ease of doing business and the ease of travel. Examples of this are cutting red tape while dealing with constraints to growth and increase airlift and connectivity while addressing affordability and geographic spread.”

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