South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has said that Stellenbosch has a lot to offer a foreign visitor. Hanekom was speaking at the two-day Stellenbosch Business Tourism Indaba held at Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm last week.

The event was organised by Stellenbosch 360 and attended by delegates from a range of industries. It was held with the support of Wesgro, the Ministry and Department of Tourism, the Stellenbosch Municipality and Stellenbosch University.

 

From left: Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360; Sisa Ntshona, CEO of SA Tourism; and Derek Hanekom SA Minister of Tourism.

In addition to the large numbers of restaurant and wine estates, Hanekom said Stellenbosch had also seen growth in the business tourism sector. He pointed to the success of business tourism nationally, saying there had been considerable growth in the sector with a forecast of 30 000 delegates visiting South Africa in 2018. He projected this to grow to 100 000 by 2022.

He explained that this had huge potential for growth of other tourism sectors, adding that congress delegates and businesspeople were bound to do some leisure tourism when visiting for a conference or work event.

Also speaking at the event, Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, told the audience that Cape Town had the opportunity to grow through the rest of Africa, calling the region the gateway to Africa and saying: “Tapping into the rest of Africa’s growth will be key for future growth. Some $400 billion in total consumption growth in the next decade is projected for Africa.” Harris pointed to the Western Cape’s strong economic growth and a focus on creating better air access to the region as drivers for tourism development in the Cape.