The department of tourism plans to co-ordinate the development of a strategy to maximise cruise tourism in the country. In a written reply to a parliamentary question by DA MP Greg Krumbock, tourism minister Derek Hanekom said the strategy would aim to ensure more cruise liners docked for longer periods at the country’s ports. Another aim would be to leverage economic spin-offs for tour operators, hotels, game reserves, lodges and attractions and related industries. Collaboration with neighbouring destinations along SA’s two coasts would be sought. The development of cruise tourism would promote the growth of the tourism sector and related products such as wine outlets, jewellery and arts and crafts in close proximity of arrival facilities, Hanekom said. It would also create opportunities to support trained chefs through an incubator programme to establish and run their own restaurants. Hanekom said all relevant stakeholders — port cities, provinces, harbour authorities, local touri...

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