Govt looks at flexible tourist visas
Cape Town - Tourism potential in South Africa is set to receive a boost as government looks into flexible visa requirements and improved tourism infrastructure.
Addressing the nation on Thursday President Jacob Zuma said: "We are pleased with the success of our tourism sector, especially given that sixteen tourists create one job in our country."
More than 7.3 million tourists arrived in South Africa last year as compared to about 6.3 million in 2009 and South Africa will strengthen the existing tourism market, Zuma said.
"To further boost our tourism potential, we will amongst other measures, look into flexible visa requirements, improved landing slots at foreign airports as well as improved tourism infrastructure," he said.
In another part of his speech he also mentioned the successful hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
"Our country also continues to be a popular destination for international gatherings," he said
In July, South Africa will host a high level sports gathering in Durban, the 123rd International Olympic Committee General Assembly Session.
Zuma said the country had already secured ninety-five meetings and conferences between 2010 and 2016.
The president said government would continue to develop the cultural industries sector, which contributes about R2bn to the gross domestic product.
"We have also seen the value of events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which contributed more than R475m to the economy of Cape Town and created 2 000 jobs in 2010," he said.
Flexible visas are long overdue there should be 1 southern african visa to cover SA, Namibia, Zim, Moz and Botswana. Be tourist friendly like in Europe, stop living in the dark ages, other countries will steal our tourist dollars !!!!
I agree with Investor - one visa for the region. However, it is not likely to happen because our neighbours look at visa's as a form of revenue collection and overlook the fact that this inconvience often results in them loosing out on the true spending.
Thank God the President did not mentioned the disasterous, international youth festival ? Well, I suppose nobody in government would ?
MAYBE OUR GOV CAN LOOK INTO US GETTING MORE FLEXIBLE VISAS TO UK AND EU TOO WHILE THEY AT IT ... SIGH! ITS SUCH A HASSLES SINCE THEY STARTED THE VISA STORY TO SEND MY SON TO HIS MOM THERE