South Africa, ministry of tourism is in a move to ease visa regulation in a bid to attract more tourists in the country. The ministry is in negotiations with different relevant sectors.
Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, said that they want to get rid of all obstacles which are causing tourists from not visiting South Africa.
“We are in robust conversation with department of home affairs regarding visa regulations. We want to make it easier for people to attain visas to visit South Africa,” Hanekom said.
This is vital development which has been brought by ministry as they are targeting about 21 million by 2030, it made suggests such as changing the visa regime for earmarked countries, demands for children to visit the country and the implementation of e-visa as pointed by Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhenga.
The goal is to attract new tourist from “…China, India and Africa which have a huge potential for our tourism,” said Tshivenga.
South African tourism intend to preserve the country’s traditional markets through use of innovation and new technology to attract tourists.
Tourism is a vital investment as it brings about investments in the Southern African country, mega deals, boosting of the economy through forex a and job creation. The country’s tourism sector contributes 2,6% of its gross domestic product (GDP). The tourism sector’s 686 596 employees outnumber the respective workforces of utilities (118 000 employees) and mining (444 000 employees).