Women’s contribution in the Tourism industry is continuing to make a serious impact towards growth and development in the sector. This is according to the Tourism Minister Thokozile Xasa during the women in Tourism chapter launching session simulcast in five provinces across the country. The North West session was attended by women in the industry and was viewed in Brits in Hartebeesport Dam at the Leopard lodge recently.
The Women in Tourism Networking Session was established in 2014 as a platform to drive programmes to support the development and empowerment of women in the tourism sector and also provide networking opportunities. The programme is driven by Respect, Recognition, Representation and Reward, of the women in sector.
According to Minister Xasa the department wants to capacitate women through high profiled programmes. “We want to give women in the industry the much needed training which is why we came up with the Executive Development Programme. We cannot allow obstacles such as education and training to keep women from growing. It is important to note that women are ready to challenge the obstacles in the industry. If we talk about inclusive participation we are dealing with diverse issues such as support, funding and networking,” said Minister Xasa