Published on : Friday, June 22, 2018
Statistics South Africa has released ‘’Tourism and Migration’’ and the results showed a story of doom and gloom. It reflects a decrease in tourism arrivals to South Africa. In March this year, there were 3 560 382 arrivals compared to 3 841 519 in April last year.
The figures reflect an almost 7% decline in foreign arrivals. ‘Day Zero’ has been blamed as the principal cause for decline of tourism numbers in South Africa. Water crisis in the Western Cape has also emerged as a reliable excuse.
Neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe have declared open skies, and are benefitting with more tourism arrivals.
South Africa has chosen not to declare open skies, having an unfavourable visa system, and these two are major causes of decline in tourism numbers.
The visa issue could have been resolved 2 years ago, but there is no political will to resolve the visa issue.
Visa issues and air access remain the major challenges behind decline in tourism arrivals to South Africa. The decrease of tourism arrivals means less jobs. One permanent job is created for every 12 tourists that arrive in South Africa.
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