Chair of Chairs, following our joint consultative meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Police on 27 August 2019,
there were a number of recommendations that emerged from the discussions. These recommendations are a conduit of the consultative and constructive discussions that we had in the workshop. In attendance were committee members and parliamentary support staff, government officials, representatives from provincial legislatures, officials from provincial tourism authorities, members from academia and stakeholders from the private sector.
For me what stood out during the work shop as the committee correctly recommended, are two-pronged interventions. I wish to footnote the committee. Firstly, we need to roll-out tourism safety initiatives such as the safer festive season in all provinces. Secondly, the SA Police, SAPS, has to consider classifying crimes committed against tourists as tourism crime or economic crime considering the economic contribution of the sector to the GDP. The AIC support the report.