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posted on 12 April 2012
Tourism Minister unveils the National Rural Tourism Strategy and phase 3 of the Donkey Cart Project in Wupperthal
Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, launched the National Rural Tourism Strategy on 11th April 2012 in Wupperthal and also unveiled phase 3 of the Donkey Cart Project in Wupperthal, Cederberg, in the Western Cape.
The minister said that “Community beneficiation is at the heart of the National Rural Tourism Strategy,”. which is aimed at developing rural tourism. This can greatly contribute to the alleviation of pressure in areas that are often characterised by poverty and underdevelopment” The strategy illustrates the national Department of Tourism’s commitment to the development of rural economies in general, and rural tourism in particular.
The main problem areas that are hampering rural tourism development have been identified as follows: (i) Tourism has been inadequately resourced and funded in rural areas. (ii) A number of key rural tourist attractions are located in rural areas, and are not receiving the benefits stemming from the tourism industry. (iii) The limited involvement of local communities serves as a major constraint in developing tourism in rural areas.
In order to address these challenges, the strategy inter alia aims to (i) facilitate the coordination of rural tourism development initiatives among relevant stakeholders; (ii) create an enabling environment for rural tourism development to stimulate job creation; and (iii) identify and recommend strategic areas/nodes for tourism development in rural areas within the sector.
The West Coast in the Western Cape has been identified as one such node for rural tourism development, and includes the Cederberg area.