South Africa seeks tourism growth by removing hurdles

Published on : Friday, May 3, 2019

South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said on Thursday that the country Africa should remove hurdles that impede tourism growth and learn from one another’s best practices.



Through collaboration Africa will be improving during the official opening of Africa Travel Indaba in Durban.


He requested more countries to sign the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). This was signed by only 23 countries so far.  The airfares will go down that will permit more frequent flights to more countries.


Hanekom said they  need to be united in our aspiration to build and brand Africa as a continent of successes and opportunity.


Traditional markets and large and fast growing emerging markets should be tapped.

North America and Europe markets are rapidly maturing markets of China and India who constantly seek new and different experiences. They want different culture, heritage along with stunning landscape and scenery. North America has it.


By improving safety in key destinations like Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt has managed to attract more international tourists. In Kenya the tourist arrival went up by 37 per cent in 2018.


Hanekom said that Air Ethiopia must be acclaimed for bringing volumes of tourists to the whole African continent.



Ethiopia’s growth is mostly due to visa relaxation which other countries can learn from mainly South Africa.


From Thursday onwards  Africa Travel Indaba started which will run through Saturday and will have more than 7,000 people from 60 countries and regions attending.

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