EDU-tourism is the best vehicle for Africa, to integrate our expertise and change the normal programs within nations. These were the words yesterday by Cuthbert Ncube, vice president of the African Tourism Board.
The sub-Sahara region is endowed with abundant tourism resource that could save as the basis for education in tourism. We need as Africa to build, cement and appreciate the regional capacity we need for the long term success of edu-tourism.
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The South African Deputy Minister of Tourism Elizabeth Thabethe reiterated that policies should be revised to incorporate edu-tourism programmes in school curriculum from primary to tertiary levels, becoming compulsory in every institution. We need to approach education in Tourism as an alternative strategy for the mass tourism development efforts in the sub-region.
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The Deputy Minister of Tourism applauded 17-year-old, Vanessa Rooi, who stood out as an outstanding student at Elandspoort secondary school with her great achievements. Vanessa Rooi is currently the school president and the Tshwane district region. Her inspiration is to study Audiology the following year.This was the inspiration from a young African lady.
The minister said: “Therefore we need a coordinated and synchronised approach to edu- tourism, to realize the social and economic potential.”
The ATB Vice President Cuthbert Ncube echoed that Africa is endowed with a massive abundant tourism resource that could sustain and enhance the foundation of edu-tourism Africa needs to fast-forward the implementation of edu-tourism in sub-Saharan Africa We have so much to pollinate to create offsprings for the next generations
The African Tourism Board is strongly advocating a united global approach in dealing with Tourism in its dimensional forms.
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