As part of celebrating Tourism Month, the Lesotho Tourism Development Cooperation (LTDC) on Friday held school competition on Travel and Tourism at Khubetsoana for eight high schools from different parts of the country.
Speaking at this event on behalf of the LTDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the LTDC Head Strategic Marketing Mr. Tebello Thoola expressed gratitude that Travel and Tourism is now being taught as a subject in the country. He stated that Travel and Tourism is important for creating opportunities together with sustainable development and tourism adding that it contributes towards poverty alleviation.
He said the competition is intended to encourage students and to instil tourism culture in them, adding that if they understand it they will grow to appreciate it.
A representative of the Ministry of Education Mr. Thabo Molise stated that for many years, school curriculum was not able to respond to the needs of the country hence its review in 2009.
He pointed out that Travel and Tourism could create jobs for students and others as well as improve knowledge in other subjects such as business education.
Mr. Molise emphasised the need for students to explore different opportunities and use their skills to develop the country. He called for reduction of urburnisation through skills acquired in learning Travel and Tourism.
Ms. Ts’epang Mahula from the Faculty of Creativity in Tourism and Hospitality at the Limkonkwing University of Creative Technology said Travel and Tourism as a subject helps promote job creation and improve the country’s economy. She described it as a life changer adding that it is essential for development.
She encouraged students who study Travel and Tourism at their respective schools to start small income generating projects in their communities and always keep their areas clean.
A Travel and Tourism teacher from Assumption High School Mr. Thabo Moima said the competition is a platform for students to network and share ideas on the subject and also help to promote tourism in and outside the country.
The competition featured a quiz on Lesotho tourism as well as presentations on travel and tourism.
Tourism month is celebrated on September with a view to highlight the importance of tourism in economic development and Tourism Day is marked annually on September 27 with the same view.
The 2017 World Tourism Day theme is “Sustainable Tourism – A tool for development”.
LTDC provides leadership in the development of a strong and vibrant tourism industry which contributes to sustainable economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and protection of the natural environment.
It is mandated to market Lesotho as a preferred destination for tourists.