Derek Hanekom pleased with 20% increase in SA Tourism


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 Derek Hanekom, Tourism Minister. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

Tourism numbers have seen a spectacular turn around this year in evaluation to 2015, according to South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

Pass an eye over Minister Hanekom’s hypothesis regarding the impacts of Brexits on tourism below:

2015 saw its first dwindle in tourism numbers, since South Africa was dubbed a democratic country in 1994.

“Firstly it was Ebola, probably the biggest single factor and then there was our own visa regulations, let’s not pretend they did not have an effect. Then, of course, we had the very unfortunate attacks on foreign nationals at the beginning of last year.”  Said Minister Hanekom embracing the bygone challenges.

However Minister Hanekom is gratified to report a 20% growth increase in the South African tourism sector.

“In 2016 we are seeing a spectacular recovery, but really spectacular. Where we had the perfect unpleasant storm last year, we are seeing the perfect weather so far in 2016.”

The quick recovery was attributed to an easing of Ebola uncertainties, revised Visa rules and regulations and lastly a well-adjusted exchange rate.

Sizing up Britex, the Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has good faith in SA tourism maintaining its uptrend.

He mentioned that although South African Tourism may not be directly affected by Britex, the inferred exchange rate may become unsound.

The implications of Britex on SA tourism will have to remain under the radar as the extent to which SA tourism will be impacted is currently vague.

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By Lerato Kudumela

25 July 2016

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