Tourism continues to boost Northern Cape economy

May 09, 2018  — 
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The tourism sector contributed 2.9% to South Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, according to Statistics South Africa’s annual Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa report. Tourism also outperformed other key industries in creating jobs, adding about 40 000 new positions to the economy from 2012 to 2016.

The sector also plays a vital role in the Northern Cape’s growing economy. With its vast, open spaces, ruggedly beautiful landscapes, wildlife, varied ecosystems and other natural attractions, the province is the ideal destination for agritourism, a type of travel that links agriculture and rural activities within an entire tourism experience.

The Northern Cape is firmly focused on expanding this growing sector, allowing local and foreign travellers the opportunity to experience an authentic farm lifestyle and to buy goods and services directly from farmers.

The province believes that attracting tourists with a strong passion for the environment and agriculture will boost visitor figures and income from tourism.

The recently launched Tourism Business Incubator aims to help develop local small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs), some of which are tourism- and travel-focused.

With six national parks in the province, its famous spring-flower season and clear night skies, the Northern Cape targets tourism as one of its key sectors to grow and diversify the province’s economy – and the sector’s contribution to provincial GDP is about 6%, according to an overview published by Global Africa Network media company.

Tourism to the Northern Cape is one of the most important sources of jobs, income and new employment opportunities for its people.

Come visit us and learn more about our unique cultures, natural habitats, outdoor adventures and beautiful scenery. We look forward to welcoming you.