Minister of Tourism’s outreach in Mahikeng
The National Department of Tourism held a Minister’s Outreach programme on 08 July 2015 at Mmabatho Convention Centre to introduce and expose the Minister Derek Hanekom and Tourism SA to the North West Province. The purpose of the visit was to provide an opportunity to discuss the Province‘s key strategies for the development and growth of tourism and understanding the opportunities and challenges in the Province .
The three day Minister’s Outreach event in North West started on the 07 July 2015 at Mahikeng Hotel School and ended on the 09 July 2015 at Madikwe River Lodge. Minister Derek Hanekom with MEC of Tourism North West Desbo Mohono invited Mahikeng Local Municipality Mayor Gosiame Seatlholo and stakeholders in the tourism sector of the North West Province. Mayor expressed her gratitude for the visit and welcomed the initiatives that the Department of Tourism would like to implement in Mahikeng. She said that there are development that are improving the conditions of the Mahikeng as it is work-in-progress.
Minister Hanekom noted the importance of this programme will expand the range of tourist visitation in the province. The minister stressed that a great service and a great experience will keep tourist coming back to our country and our province. He said a extensive marketing for the North West Province needs to be done as tourists do not identify with the location of the town but the experience they had in the town. “Mahikeng might not have many tourist attraction areas, but it has a lot of potential conference facilities that needs to be marketed and can bring events that can benefit the tourism sector of Mahikeng” said the Minister. He encouraged everyone to consider themselves as tourism ambassadors.
MEC Desbo Mohono further encouraged local tourism businesses to be proud of their brand and to use governments’ events to grow their businesses, that they should be creative in developing their businesses and should not depend only on Government.
The Minister’s visit extended to Tourism facilities and sites of tourism projects under the development in the Province. The visit included Barolong Boora Tshidi Tribal Authority where the Minister was introduced to Kgosi Jeff Montshiwa and the community members who were at the tribal house, and Manyane Game Lodge. The Department also seized the opportunity to demonstrate the developments under-way at the Lodge.