SA’s tourism industry under the microscope at FEDHASA Cape AGM

South Africa’s thorny visa regulations came under the spotlight at the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) Cape region’s 2018 AGM, and Derek Hanekom, the Minister of Tourism reaffirmed the need for the cabinet’s decision to be implemented to ensure ease of access for international visitors, in a bid to grow tourism numbers in the country.

“We need to make it easier for people to visit South Africa. All countries in the world that are experiencing growth in tourism have modernised their visa system. Many countries now have e-visas, online visa applications, or have reduced the stringent requirements to obtain visas,” said Minister Hanekom. He is optimistic that by the end of July there will be visible progress.

Minister Hanekom delivered the keynote address at the hospitality lobbying body’s annual event at the Westin Hotel last week. In his speech he covered several key topics fundamental to the tourism sector in the province and the country, including the drought in Cape Town, the need to market South Africa well abroad and the immense economic growth potential this industry brings to the country. He also reiterated the value of collective partnerships.

The tourism industry in the Western Cape is a key economic driver in the province, supporting some 300 000 jobs, whilst being a key source of revenue. The hospitality industry alone contributes around R40 billion to the Western Cape’s economy every year.

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Source: The Newspaper