The newly-appointed Western Cape MEC for Finance and Economic opportunities, David Maynier, has said that the provincial government will continue to build a strong partnership with the hospitality industry. He shared this during his address at the FEDHASA Cape AGM, which took place on the 17th of July, as well as some of the ways in which the Provincial Government plans to create a thriving economy by aiding the tourism and hospitality sectors.
One of the successful collaborative efforts he discussed is the Air Access Programme, which encourages airlines to fly directly into Cape Town International Airport. “What Cape Town Air Access illustrates is what we can achieve when we put our heads together and we work together in the Western Cape. But there is of course a lot more work to be done unblocking the tourism and hospitality sector,” says Maynier. As such, Minister Maynier will continue to invest in the provincial government’s Red Tape Reduction Programme.
The industry was urged by Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities & Asset Management, Alderman James Vos to work together and take collective action on issues facing the tourism industry.
“We are committed to boost cultural experiences and help diversify Cape Town’s tourism offering to lead to more community involvement and an increase in economic benefits. The City’s objective is to facilitate sustainable job creation in a depressed economic climate, to help establish ‘tourism-preneurs’ while transforming the tourism landscape in Cape Town,” Vos stated.
“My immediate priority is to work with the sector to drive demand that makes business sense, and implement strategies that will bring about the ease of doing business and the ease of travel. Examples of this are cutting red tape while dealing with constraints to growth and increase airlift and connectivity while addressing affordability and geographic spread.”
FEDHASA Cape Chairperson Jeff Rosenberg said during the AGM that though the Industry had had a hard year, it was heartening to note the increase in both dam levels to 61% and that room occupancies had shown some growth.
Elected board members responsible for directing key segments for the association in the Western and Northern Cape provinces include: Richard Lyon as chairperson of the hotel segment with Jeremy Clayton as the alternate; Faried Jones as chairperson of the trusted partners segment and Shireen Ellis as alternate; and Noli Mini as chairperson of the young professionals segment, with Ainsley Kirsten the alternate for this.