Published on : Thursday, February 27, 2020
“The Chinese market has become one of the significant markets for South Africa,” the Parliament said in a statement.
This came after Lin Jing, Chinese Consul General in Cape Town, spoke to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Tourism and Portfolio Committee on Health earlier about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Department of Tourism is training local tourist guides in Mandarin to cater the Chinese tourists effectively, said the parliamentary statement.
South Africa annually witnesses around 100,000 Chinese tourists who usually travel as groups and stay longer. Their stay contributes to GDP growth in the country.
With the increased number of tourists from China, the Portfolio Committee on Tourism had urged the tourism sector earlier to develop a dedicated plan to harness the tourists from China.
China has made sure that its response is effective and proactive in combating the COVID-19, Committee Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo said. Mahumapelo added that China’s actions, including mobilizing medical personnel and building fully functional hospitals within a short period of time, should be applauded.