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Tourism opportunities to explore in SA, Russia

Apr 21 2017 13:17
Carin Smith

Cape Town - There are opportunities to explore in both Russia and South Africa as tourism destinations, Deputy Minister of Tourism Elizabeth Thabethe said at a networking event hosted by Visit Russia in Cape Town on Thursday evening.

The event was co-hosted by the Russian Consulate in Cape Town.

"South Africa and Russia are both part of Brics and we are operating very well together," she told Fin24.

"We welcome tourists and welcome guests to South Africa. We also encourage investors to come and invest in SA. We are at the southern tip of Africa and still a very cheap destination for many travellers from overseas."

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She pointed out that, at the same time, there are still inequalities in SA. That is why the National Development Plan (NDP) aims at creating job opportunities.

"Tourism is one such an industry which has the ability to create jobs," said Thabethe.

The Russian consul general in Cape Town, Roman Ambarov, told the audience that he is pleased that South Africans no longer need to obtain a visa prior to visiting Russia.

"Since about three weeks ago South African are able just to arrive at the airport in Russia and show their passports," he said.

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