Economic Sector Support: Tourism Safety
What is Tourism Safety?
Why Tourism Safety is important?
Tourism Safety Strategy
Tourism significantly contributes to the Western Cape economy both in terms of GVA and job creation and as such addressing the factors affecting tourism safety needs to be championed by the Department Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT). The National Department of Tourism has made tourism and tourism safety a priority thus providing DEDAT the perfect fertile ground to play a leadership role by bringing in safety & security, social development, and environmental issues all under the umbrella of Tourism Safety. Having a dedicated Tourism Safety strategy has the advantage of this niche part of the Western Cape’s economy getting the priority and focused attention it deserves.
The objectives of the Tourism Safety strategy are:
- Reduction in crime affecting tourists within the Western Cape.
- Improvement in the brand image of Cape Town and the Western Cape from a safety/security/crime perspective.
- Development of a multi stakeholder and collaborative working solution which brings public sector and private players together.
- Building a sense of confidence in the role of government to make a difference on key issues affecting our economy and society.
- Creating a best practice model for crime reduction which could be implemented elsewhere to reduce crime for all South Africans.
- Improvement in the level of safety and security readiness and preparedness within the tourism industry – attractions and tourism businesses (such as tour operators, venues, guides).
The six-lever Tourism Safety strategy is depicted in the figure below:
We provide the following support to tourists
Medical/emotional trauma, visiting hospitals
Advise on short-term temporary accommodation
Help with basic necessities, where possible
Help with contacting family or friends
Advise on with short-term transport arrangements
Contact embassies and consulates in case of lost passports and visas
What we don't offer
Replace lost item
Provide medical attention
Compensate for loss
Offer legal advice
Tourism Safety Tips
Western Cape Beach Safety Tips: Download here
Western Cape Hiking Safety Tips: Download here
For more safety tips you can also visit
For more information regarding the provincial Tourism Safety Strategy and the unit, you may contact
Neo Mocumi: 082 554 2010 or 072 447 1504 (Tourism Safety Officer for Cape Town, Overberg, Winelands and West Coast)
Ilze Jacobs: 082 972 2507 (Tourism Safety Officer for Garden Route and Karoo)
Or email: email@example.com