Salga supports local tourism

Why local government matters

Local Government Tourism Conference
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The South African Local Government Association (Salga) recently took part in the Local Government Tourism conference, ‘Why Local Government Matters’, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.


More than 400 key role-players from municipalities and the private sector attended the conference, which provided a platform for a dialogue of public and private sector stakeholders and leadership to engage, share information on challenges and tourism developments, build initiatives and best practices in tourism, as well as to commit to delivery of the tourism mandate at local government.

Among the attendees were the minister of tourism, MECs responsible for tourism, directors-general of tourism and co-operative governance, provincial heads of department responsible for tourism, the chairperson and chief executive officer of Salga, deputy directors-general, Tourism and Local Economic Development (LED) practitioners in municipalities, councillors, municipal managers and chief financial officers in municipalities, Members of the Municipal Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for economic development, Integrated Development Plan managers, and other stakeholders whose role involves tourism promotion and development at local government.

The objectives of the conference were to:

•    communicate national tourism policies and strategies, and how they impact on local government;

•    strategise on how best to empower and capacitate local government to integrate national tourism imperatives into its planning;

•    deliberate on how best to capacitate and support local government to deliver the tourism mandate;

•    emphasise and clarify the role of local government in the tourism value chain;

•    launch the Local Government Tourism Development and Growth Support Programme;

•    clarify the roles of other spheres of government (national and provinces) in tourism development; and

•    share best practices on tourism models in order to demystify the perceived unimportance of tourism at local government.


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