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HVS launches executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry
Tourism's importance as a driver of the South African economy is increasing which has led global hospitality consulting firm, HVS to open a branch of HVS Executive Search Africa, based in Cape Town, which will focus on corporate positions, general managers and heads of department in the hotel industry across the continent.
Growth of Tourism on the African continent
According to Stats SA, over 10 million international tourists visited South Africa in 2016. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasts that international tourist arrivals in Africa will increase by between 5% and 6% in 2017.
At the recent Meetings Africa Conference, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in his opening address that arrivals to South Africa from other countries in Africa grew by 11% in 2016, while overseas arrivals increased by 18%. “Travel and tourism now contributes around 3.3% to Africa’s GDP, and supports over nine million jobs directly, or 3% of total employment. The World Travel and Tourism Council forecasts that the number of jobs in tourism will grow this year,” said Hanekom.
The significant rise in the African middle class across the continent is also giving more exposure to the hotel industry and creating rising demand for employment in the sector.