Free State MEC of Tourism, Sam Mashinini, together with the department’s deputy minister, Tokozile Xasa, launched a National Tourism Career Expo (NTCE) in Bloemfontein today (Tuesday). The event was held at the city’s main tourist attraction, Naval Hill.
Although the three-day expo will only be held in October, preparations for the event are underway in the province. The expo will start on October 1st and run up to October 3rd.
Mashinini says the expo will give young people the opportunity to showcase their creativity to international investors. According to him, this will, in turn, create job opportunities.
“Young people from all over the country will show what they can do as Africans. They will show the investors what it is that they can invest in. This will see many young people great job opportunities,” he added.
He further explained that over ten thousand school learners, Tourism students from across the country are expected to attend the event.
“The NTCE is linked with the Free State trade bridge where we’ll have international investors coming to the provinces to see what has to offer in terms of Tourism,” he said.
He added that the project aims to show young people in the Tourism industry that there are plenty of job opportunities in the field. The expo will be held under the theme “Tourism: Alive with opportunities.”