Banking on tourism

SADC pin hopes on tourism to boost regional growth

Botswana is one of 12 countries in the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) to agree to fast track the review of the Protocol on Tourism Development in the hope of boosting economic growth in the region.

A joint meeting of SADC ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture and Tourism held in South Africa early last week emphasized on the Protocol’s importance to the economies of member states and its interconnectedness with other sectors.

Only the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi and Seychelles voted against the review being brought forward.

Member states further directed SADC’s secretariat to fast track the review of Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) Charter and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two secretariats.

“The fast tracking will result in the SADC secretariat and the RETOSA secretariat incorporating changes emanating from the transformation process to facilitate the transformation and sustainability of the regional tourism body,” reads part of the statement.

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