September has been named Tourism month because it launches into the busiest time of the year which is the summer season which starts at the end of October for tourism.
Councillor Andrew Whitfield, who gave the keynote address at the launch, says that tourism plays a vital part in job creation.
“From the end of October we see visitor numbers picking up in the city and every visitor that visits Nelson Mandela Bay helps to create a growing tourism economy which ultimately supports thousands and thousands of jobs. In 2016 the tourism sector was responsible for about 49 000 jobs or 50 000 jobs. Which means you’ve got 50 000 breadwinners out there supporting families.”
“It’s also linked to an international tourism theme of doing tourism sustainably. The real reason behind that really is that we are trying to galvanise the rest of the country and all the participants in tourism of the country for people to realise their ability to contribute and participate the tourism sphere.”