Mbabane: The Eswatini Tourism Authority (ETA) and the Royal Eswatini National Airways Corporation (RENAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is an expression of desire and commitment between the two organizations to work together and collaborate in identified arrears of mutual benefit.
The MoU was signed on Tuesday morning at the Royal Villas Hotel, Ezulwini.
ETA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Linda Nxumalo said the signing of the MoU marks the officiating of the ETA and the RENAC’s enhanced working relationship which started a few years ago and continues to grow with each passing year.
She said there was no better time than this, for the institutions to work together especially in view of the recent events, challenges, and lessons presented by the COVID-19 pandemic on global operations mainly in the travel and tourism sector.
Nxumalo highlighted that the pandemic has brought the importance of institutional collaboration and the need for calculated alignment in advancing the respective mandates of the two organizations for the betterment of the economy of the Kingdom of Eswatini.
The MoU reflects ETA’s robust efforts towards resuscitating the tourism and travel sector in Eswatini. It also symbolizes the collective commitment towards creating and capitalizing on prime opportunities to promote and realize increased demand for leisure visitors using air travel as the optimum mode of transport when visiting the Kingdom of Eswatini.
“We firmly believe that our joint efforts will further increase visibility on Eswatini as Africa’s best tourist destination, and RENAC as a top air transport solution provider for traffic into and out of Eswatini”, she said.
RENAC CEO Qiniso Dhlamini also acknowledged that the two sister organizations have a mandate that complement each other and therefore the signing of the MoU will enable them to achieve more together than working in isolation. He said they remain cognizant of the fact that the travel and tourism industry demands collaboration across all relevant stakeholders in order to create a seamless experience for customers.
The MoU according to Dhlamini will also help to enhance the mandate of promoting Eswatini as a destination of choice. Despite the effects of COVID-19 Dhlamini said they believe the Eswatini Tourism sector will thrive again.