Eased visa regulations to enhance SA tourism in 2019

Published on : Friday, December 21, 2018

The tourism industry of South Africa is bound for major growth in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, with the greatest contributing factor being visa rule relaxation.

 

That was exactly the word from an upbeat tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, while speaking to Moneyweb on Wednesday on his forecast for next year.

 

Hanekom forecasts resurgence in overseas tourist arrivals to SA, with “strong growth beyond the 7% mark” for coming New Year. He explains that as overseas arrival figures for 2018 had been a major hit as a result of negative impact of the Western Cape drought and meager messaging in Cape Town around Day Zero, a turnaround is in the works.

 

“We saw a decline in overseas arrivals in the first half of the year. However, things started to stabilise in the third quarter with arrivals around the same as last year. Figures for October are yet to come in, but with the drought over in the Cape, we’re expecting to see a turnaround for the last quarter of 2018 and strong growth in 2019.”

 

In February, Hanekom was brought back as tourism minister by President Cyril Ramaphosa, says that the problem around unabridged birth certificates for travelling minors had now been dealt with. He thinks that the overall relaxation of SA’s visa rules and the introduction of electronic or e-visas across the board next year will perk up tourism growth.

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