Watch Department of Tourism to launch safety app video

The Department of Tourism, together with various stakeholders, is planning to launch a safety app for tourists. Image: Pixabay

TOUR guides: Government’s big plan for safety this festive season

Check out government’s R175-million plan to protect tourists and boost safety this festive season with tourism monitors.

Watch Department of Tourism to launch safety app video

The Department of Tourism, together with various stakeholders, is planning to launch a safety app for tourists. Image: Pixabay

With tourists flocking to South Africa’s top destinations this December, guaranteeing safety this festive season is paramount for the country. After a spate of attacks at popular tourist destinations in Cape Town, government has devised a R175-million plan to ensure safety this festive season.

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Business Tech reports, that the Department of Tourism will deploy 2 305 tourism monitors at key attractions across South Africa. Not a police force by any stretch, the monitors/guides will ‘supplement safety and security for the South African Police Service (SAPS) while providing information to tourists’. So, tour guides, then? The department insists it has thoroughly vetted said tourism monitors.

SAFETY THIS FESTIVE SEASON

yellow frames cape town
Cape Town Tourism has unveiled a new feature for their famous yellow frames around the city – audio guides for the visually impaired. Photo: canva

Stationed at key tourist attractions to improve safety this festive season, the monitors will also provide practical assistance and information to tourists. And the program as a whole will help up-skill unemployed youth, says the department.

The Tourism Monitors will assist with the following:

  • Patrol identified attractions.
  • Provide information to tourists about attractions.
  • Report any crime incidents to SAPS.
  • Assist tourists with victim support.

WHERE THE GUIDES WILL BE STATIONED

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Here are a few fun things to do in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape. Photo: canva
  • Eastern Cape – 150
  • Free State – 150
  • Western Cape – 250
  • Gauteng -100
  • Limpopo -100
  • KwaZulu Natal – 200
  • Mpumalanga – 220
  • North West – 100
  • Northern Cape -70
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park – 200
  • Ezemvelo Nature Reserve – 150
  • SANBI Gardens – 130
  • ACSA Airports – 135
  • SANParks – 350

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The initiative was developed in conjunction with the South African Police Service (SAPS), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) to aid safety this festive season.

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