Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cultural tourism could diversify economy - tribal leader

Kgosi Kebatshwaretse Phetsogang of Mmatshumu in Boteti Sub-District has advocated for the inclusion of cultural tourism in Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) as a way of diversifying the economy of the country and creating employement.
''I saw it when we had gone on a benchmarking trip to Namibia; young ladies with exposed breasts nipples protuding eye catchingly, wearing their traditional clothes. They just stood there without a word. They had the company of an elderly woman who explained the meaning of their outfit to visitors. Whoever got information or photographed them paid,'' explained Phetsogang in an interview after the launch of Gumakutshaa Trust, a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Letlhakane last week.
He explained that even though the looks of the female body features may be tempting to men, it does not go anywhere near to sex work. These, he said are some of the possible types of tourism CBOs might explore to ensure diversification of projects. His comments followed a presentation by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Officer, Mmoloki Pule, who had adviced members of the new CBO that was launched that though they are near the Makgadikgadi where Avi Tourism is the most viable, exploring other opportunities was crucial.
Read more in the latest SundayStandard

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