A Career Exhibition Will Produce 300000 Tourist Employment
The National Tourist Careers Expo (NTCE) in 2021, organized by the Department of Tourism, will contribute to the achievement of the National Tourism Sector Strategy’s target of creating an extra 300 000 tourism employment opportunities by 2026.
Fish Mahlalela, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, said as much when he officially opened the NTCE this week. The exhibition will take place in the Johannesburg Expo Centre, often known as Nasrec, from Friday, March 25, to Sunday, March 27, 2019.
As a crucial driver of economic recovery in South Africa, the tourism industry has been highlighted as one of the essential intervention areas in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, which is being implemented in phases. Tourism is the world’s fastest-growing job industry, and it is always evolving to meet the needs of consumers.
“In order to stimulate development and recovery in the tourist industry, we must increase the pool of available talent.” The importance of a demand-driven skills supply in the industry cannot be overstated. When it comes to the economy, tourism is a huge force, but it is about much more than just creating income. “Tourism is a people-centric industry that places its customers at the core of its brand,” Mahlalela said.
A similar sentiment was expressed by Sthembiso Dlamini, CEO of the Gauteng Tourism Authority, who stated that the theme of the NTCE, “Rebuilding a Resilient and Inclusive Tourism Sector for the Future,” “reinforces the fact that tourism remains the most vulnerable industry to natural disasters and other disruptions.” COVID-19 is a textbook illustration of how a sector and its whole value chain may come crashing down. “
The National Tourist Careers Expo (NTCE) will highlight career prospects, skills development programs, and business opportunities that exist in the tourism industry. Since its establishment in 2008, it has been effective in bridging the knowledge gap between the industry and learners, as well as providing young people with the chance to connect directly with possible employers in the field.
Additionally, it provides significant and up-to-date insights on South Africa’s tourist and hospitality businesses as they adjust to a new normal in the wake of the cholera outbreak.
Those in Grades 8 through 12, university students, FET (further education and training), TVET (technical and vocational education and training), and unemployed graduates are encouraged to attend the event, which is free with advance registration. The event will provide an overview of what the tourism and hospitality industries have to offer in terms of entrepreneurial and job opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industries.
Furthermore, the event serves as a forum for tourism curriculum specialists to exchange information with tourism educators and students, and it serves as a forum for stakeholders in the tourist industry to offer information on the many job opportunities available in the industry. Its goal is to close the information gap that exists between the industry, the government, learners, and educators, among other things.
Organizers of the event include the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (represented by its provincial marketing agency, the Gauteng Tourism Authority), the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), and the Gauteng Department of Tourism (represented by the Gauteng Tourism Authority).