Local News/ 23 September 2022, 08:00am/ Mandla Nkosi
MEC for Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) Makalo Mohale: Image supplied
By Mandla Nkosi: Post a two-year Covid-19 pandemic that crippled many businesses especially the tourism sector, the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA), continues to host various activities that aims to boost province’s economy.
Speaking to Free State Insider, MEC for DESTEA Makalo Mohale said his department intends to revive the tourism sector and place it at the centre of Economic reconstruction and recovery as well as reposition the Free State as a “Go to and not go through province”.
The DESTEA will today,(Friday 23 September) host the Astro Tourism Event in Bloemfontein where they will be engaging with relevant stakeholders with the intention formulate partnerships and introduce a new market which will be astrology focused.
“We will also host Free State Women in Tourism stakeholder engagement where we will be engaging female Tourism product owners in Welkom on Tuesday September 27,” Mohale said.
He added that on Thursday September 29 to October 1, they will be hosting Mandela Legacy Ride4Hope in Villiers.
“It is a commemoration of the legacy of Nelson Mandela through a four-day cycling tour which will start in Gauteng province in the first day, the second and third day the tour will be in our province before proceeding to KwaZulu-Natal Natal,” said Mohale.
Earlier this month, DESTEA through Tourism SaamTrek, engaged various tourism activities to inspire traveling and adventure enthusiasts to visit the Free State.
“Such initiatives afford the tourism product owners from across the province to showcase their products and services,” said Mohale