Show casing opportunities in tourism
More than five thousand tourism learners, unemployed graduates and those in institutes of higher learning flocked to the Sun City Resorts this weekend to for the 10th National Tourism Career Expo (NTCE) where they were exposed to opportunities in the field of tourism.
Under the theme: “Be the legacy, Do tourism digitally”, the expo aims to drive South Africa’s National Tourism Strategy’s goal of creating 225 000 tourism jobs opportunities by 2020. It is designed to bridge the information gap between the industry, government, learners and educators by providing an opportunity for tourism curricula experts to share information with tourism educators and learners,.
In attendance the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe applauded the North West Province for successfully hosting the 2018 edition. “Indeed, the North West Province has hosted a successful NTCE, they delivered as promised and I must say they have out done themselves. Furthermore, I would like to encourage learners attending this expo to gather as much information as they possibly could from the more than 30 tourism entities exhibiting, this will help them in making informed career decisions,” said Thabethe
The expo also taps in on the much need and crucial public and private sector partnerships where private sector companies exhibit and provide interactive, edutainment experiences for the learners. They also show their commitment to skills development by offering a number of bursaries, learnerships and internships to learners attending the expo. There’s also Speaker’s Corner, where tourism entrepreneurs and industry experts shared their success stories.
The North West MEC for Tourism, Desbo Mohono echoed the Deputy Minister’s sentiments and also further emphasized how important it was that the province delivers an impeccable 10th NTCE.
“NTCE is a seed that we plant in the minds of our children for them to realize that Tourism has a bright future. This expo has afforded them an opportunity to view the sector from another angel. As a department we are encouraging parents to let the kids be the driver of their own careers, gone are the days of persuading children to choose career paths they don’t want”. Mohono said.
The NTCE is a collaboration of the National Department of Tourism (NDT), The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport, Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Tourism. The Expo will be hosted by the North West for three years until 2020.