Gauteng Tourism employs young people to protect the province's tourist destinations

Gauteng Tourism together with several stakeholders, including the SAPS,  have launched a safety monitoring program for tourist. The official launch was in Soweto on Tuesday, 17 October. 

Through the program 200 young men and women will be trained and employed as safety monitors. Their primary role is to conduct tourism safety patrols in all regions within the province of Gauteng. They will also serve as ambassadors for tourism in their respective regions as they will be the first point of contact tourists will have. 

Under the banner of #WeDoTourism, which comes in the wake of tourists attacks, more especially at OR Tambo, the department of tourism as well as Gauteng Tourism Authority, with the support of various stakeholders within the province, have taken a stand to ensure that tourist feel safe in our tourist spots in the province. 

Speaking at the launch, Minster of Tourism Tokozile Xasa said "When we market SA into the world we market it as a value destination, that is world class and safe"

"We want to create access to information, ensure safety in destinations, quality services and create experiences. We want to develop these young people [the monitors] as there are so many opportunities in tourism in SA. "

CEO of Gauteng Tourism Mr Siphiwe Sipho Ngwenya reiterated the Minister's call for the monitors to take this campaign as an opportunity for them to learn about the tourism industry and hopefully develop skills and grow within the sector. 

It is important for Gauteng Tourism to be involved in the Safety Monitors Program because we want to attract as many people as possible from the source markets internationally but at the same time encourage domestic tourism. That can only happen if our guest know they will be safe. 

I asked Mr Ngwenya what measures have they put in place to make sure that the monitors are held accountable and will represent the province well, to that he said; 
The measures we have put in there, one is the vetting of the safety monitors but also we have ensured that the communities they come from are the ones who nominate these people. They have all signed contracts through which the deliverables are very clear and if not met their services will be terminated. 
#WeDoTourism campaign with the Safety Monitors program is in full swing, expect to see the monitors around the province from today. 

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