South Africa to advance tourism sector

South Africa, as part of boosting their international tourist arrivals to 40 per cent by 2021, is all about to speed up visa processing and highlight MICE tourism exponentially.

“The new policy is as part of attracting over 5 million additional travellers, 4 million international tourists and 1 million extra local holiday trips,” said Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa.

Tourism being the main contributor to the country’s economy, it hopes to bring about 400 billion rand, which is 8 per cent of the overall GDP, that could easily wipe out unemployment. With pristine beaches and picturesque landscapes, the country hosts a wide number of tourism products, that are value for money for the travellers.

According to media reports, the current visa processing is backing off tourist from India, Nigeria and China, which are some of the strong outbound markets in the world. Foreign relations are the key to grant visa-on-arrival policies, and realising this the ministry plans to discuss it with the home affairs.