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Tourism Department Expresses Gratitude to Local Travelers



tourism department thanked local travellers

In extending appreciation, the tourism department thanked local travellers for supporting local establishments, a significant boost to the tourism sector during the recent holiday period, reported SANews.

With the fuel price reduction effective from January 3, 2024, the department encourages citizens to seize the opportunity for a last-minute January break. Such getaways provide mental preparation for the upcoming year, reduce stress, and support overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

“Our country boasts a wealth of diverse tourism and cultural offerings nestled in our small dorpies, townships, and villages. This segment of the domestic market serves as the backbone of the tourism sector, addressing the holiday and leisure needs of our visitors and creating much-needed employment for our citizenry,” remarked department spokesperson Tasneem Carrim on Thursday.

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Wednesday saw a welcome decrease in petrol prices. 93 (ULP & LRP) dropped by 62 cents a litre, and 95 (ULP & LRP) decreased by 76 cents a litre. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy attributed the adjustment in fuel prices to current local and international factors.


Diesel (0.005% sulphur) experienced a drop of 126.32 cents a litre, and illuminating paraffin (wholesale) decreased by 93 cents per litre. The Single Maximum National Retail Price (SMNRP) for illuminating paraffin decreased by R1.24 per litre.

“We encourage everyone to take some time now to explore the fun and diverse tourism offerings across the country. Whether it is a Sho’t Left to a quaint picnic park, nature reserve, or heritage attraction, the decrease in the fuel price will facilitate ease of access to our attractions and contribute to growing tourism communities,” Carrim said.

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