Ahead of the 2016 Macufe Arts Festival in Bloemfontein the MEC for the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea), Sam Mashinini, said the department has embarked on a ‘Home Stay Programme’ to assist in accelerating economic prospects in the province.
Speaking at the launch of National Tourism Career Expo, the MEC said this programme was aimed at helping young people identify business opportunities and making use of provincial events to resolve the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the province.
With a particular focus on improving the number of people that visit the province, the MEC said the department has embarked on this programme to draw attention to what Mangaung has to offer.
Mashinini added that the programme was not only aimed at improving township tourism, but in inspiring young people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to engage in the tourism and hospitality industry.
“Some of the provincial activities that aim to enhance tourists’ attraction in the province include the Macufe Arts Festival and the Cherry Blossom festival. With the ‘Home stay programme’ initiated by the department we also aim to address issues of lack of accommodation during these events” explained Mashinini.
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