South Africa can be a top tourist destination in 2020
South Africa’s tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has expressed optimism that Africa’s largest economy may become one of the world’s top tourist destinations by 2020. Speaking at an event in New York, van Schalkwyk revealed that the country’s tourism sector grew by 10.5 percent, surpassing global estimate. “Last year we grew at more than double the world average – 10.5 percent for January to November 2012, compared to a global average growth of 4percent,” he said.
“With growth rates of more than double the world average and quadruple the world average if one takes overseas visitors into account, we can look back very favourably on 2012.”
With these statistics, van Schalkwyk says South Africa stands out as a top tourism destination in the world.
“South Africa is indeed a unique and varied destination which offers tourist experiences that suit every taste and budget,” Van Schalkwyk said.
“Visitors to South Africa stand in awe of how much this country has to offer, which includes the variety of experiences, the value for money, our world-class tourism infrastructure, and of course our culturally-diverse people.”
To boost the country’s tourism sector, van Schalkwyk said SA will focus on building its business and leisure tourism.
According to the Minister, “It is by far fastest growing segments of our economy — 9.6 percent — and we intend that to be in the double digits soon.”
“Irrespective of what news agencies may tell you, South Africa still remains a story of hope, a story of inspiration, and a story of the future. That’s why more and more people want to come to our country and see it for themselves,” Van Schalkwyk said.
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Source: Ventures Africa