African Tourism Board breaks barriers: SA Deputy Tourism Minister and students in Pretoria smiling

African Tourism Board breaks barriers: SA Deputy Tourism Minister and students in Pretoria smiling

The South African Deputy Minister of Tourism, Honorable Elizabeth Thabethe in partnership with  African Tourism Board represented by Vice president Cuthbert Ncube, took an initiative to bring back African pride to students at Pretoria Schools.

The minister took the initiative to address staff members regarding the role of Tourism on the African continent as the Mega drive in economic development and a need for the public and private sector to join hands and work towards uplifting societies.

The African Tourism Board has demonstrated its objective in promoting Tourism as a tool that brings and binds communities from various ethnic backgrounds and breaking the barriers that separate African nations.

The African Tourism Board VP Cuthbert Ncube acknowledged the valuable contribution, the honorable deputy minister has demonstrated in her term of office.

Under her guidance, a program was rolled out by the Department of Tourism that has trained over 5000 youths who are now participating in the mainstream of the travel and tourism industry. The deputy ministers passion and drive in promoting both township Tourism and education in Tourism has won her the hearts of many communities in South Africa and beyond.

Effective Tourism starts with an individual, converts to a community, to society, to a nation, to a region, and to the world. The African Tourism Board is a voice of African Nations and likes to be a unifier.

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Today was all smile at Pretoria Schools in South Africa, and the African Tourism Board is proud to support tourism as a people to people business.

Founded in 2018, the African Tourism Board is an association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from, and within the African region. For more information and how to join, visit

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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