08 May 2012
The South African government is to invest £21million over the next three years in an effort to increase South Africa's share of the African tourism market.
Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his department had set aside £ 21m to help the South African Tourism agency set up offices in East and West Africa as increasing numbers of tourists from those regions came to South Africa.
The Minister said that last year alone tourist arrivals from Tanzania increased by 46% .
SA have opened a country office in Angola, and plan to have five more across Africa , the second of which is to open in Nigeria in the coming financial year, even extending as far as Brazil.
The new National Conventions Bureau, a business unit of SA Tourism has led to South Africa securing the hosting of more than 200 international conferences in the next five years.
About 1160 properties have entered the tourism sector as lodges, guest houses or hotels after complying with Tourism Grading Council of SA standards.