South Africa seeks tourism growth by removing hurdles

Travel and Tour World | May 03, 2019

South Africa seeks tourism growth by removing hurdles
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.

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Every day, visitors to your community are spending locally: it might be on a bed for the night, a rental car, petrol or maybe a bus ticket; buying meals, snacks, and a coffee; visiting a museum or trying a round of golf; maybe hiring a bike for the cycle trails or skis for the slopes.