South Africa rides on tourism to fight economic challenges

Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017

South AfricaSouth Africa has launched the Tourism Month with a call to local citizens for exploring the crowded attractions in the country, which would assist in reviving the strained economy.

Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, launched the initiative in Dullstroom in the northeastern Mpumalanga Province to combat the economic challenges. Xasa noted the downgrades were among factors highlighting prevailing problems, together with unemployment.

The minister said that the tourism sector is in a good position to revive the Southern African country’s fortunes.

She said that there was 12 percent increase in international tourist arrivals in 2016. According to government, more than 10 million international tourists arrived in South Africa last year, which is 13 percent more than in 2015. There were 24 million domestic tourists in South Africa.

Xasa said, “It is an exciting time for the tourism sector to take centre stage. We need to tell more positive stories about our country and the tourism industry affords us that opportunity.”

She urged more South Africans to experience the country’s hospitality alongside international visitors. The Tourism Month provides the industry an opportunity for heightened focus on the sector’s importance to the local economy.

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