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Developing Tourism Skills and Employment Opportunities in Travel & Tourism: marine sector

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Heidi van der Watt, Director Better Tourism Africa

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Developing Tourism Skills and Employment Opportunities in Travel & Tourism: marine sector

  1. 1. Empowerment through skills development and employment opportunities in marine wildlife tourism in Gansbaai, South Africa Arabian Travel Market, 25 April 2018 Heidi van der Watt Better Tourism Africa
  2. 2. Introduction Marine Wildlife Tourism “any tourist activity with the primary purpose of watching, studying or enjoying marine wildlife” (Masters cited in Zeppel & Muloin, 2008, p. 281) 19844 1192008 42% 20% 15% 11%
  3. 3. 8 shark diving permits 2 whale watching permits
  4. 4. Household poverty 41.5% Human Devt Index 0.74 School dropout rate 49% Dependency ratio 54% Low / Semi- skilled employment 78% Gini coefficient 0.60
  5. 5. Ward 1 Ward 3 Informal 40.6% 0.1% In dwelling 58.2% 99.9% Gr 12 + 32.7% 68.9% Annual Household $ 5,000 $ 75,000 Access to Internet 16.4% 73.2%
  6. 6. Respondent group Achieved Sample MWT Operators 8 operators, 16 interviews Tourism employees 11 Local businesses 5 Civil society / related organisations 6 Households Ward 1 – 10 Ward 2 - 10 Key informants 15
  7. 7. “My wish for my children - a better life and life opportunities than what I had!” “… that she will finish school, go to university and get a good job with good income…” “I’d like to be a neuro surgeon so that I can help people like my dad” “…to send my daugther to a better school so that she has a strong chance in life …”
  8. 8. Started in 2009 as general worker in catering section 2012 enrolled in a smalll business management diploma On-going mentorship, internal training 2015 R&V driving school 2016 Shark Shack Today: HR Operations Manager ¼ shareholding 2010 appointed Front of House manager
  9. 9. Started in 2003 as general worker overseeing boat maintenance Incredible "eye at sea" recognised, appointed whale spotter Essential skills: English classes, drivers licence Employer financial support: car & house owner 2017 Skippers Ticket Cat C <9m; Shareholding in new business
  10. 10. Questions?

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