Tourism

In a recent open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Getaway editor Justin Fox expressed his frustration with the challenges faced by the travel and tourism industry in South Africa. While only the most ignorant among us will deny that there are challenges, I want to take this opportunity to offer a different view of an industry that, on balance, is, if not flourishing, certainly performing fairly.

Women fill just 44% of skilled posts (managers, professionals and technicians) ‒ a figure that has remained mostly unchanged for 15 years. But despite the fact that the South African Constitution’s Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill calls for equal representation in decision-making positions, Statistics...