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19.05.24 15:35
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Visa waiver boosts South Africa's tourism sector, attracting 2.4 million visitors

In a significant development for South Africa's tourism industry, the abolition of visa requirements for travellers from some African countries has resulted in a sharp increase in international arrivals

The latest statistics released by Statistics South Africa show a significant increase in visitor numbers, indicating a promising outlook for the sector.

Between January and March 2024, a total of 2.4 million international tourists visited South Africa, an increase of 15.4 per cent over the same period in 2023. The majority of these, 74.5 per cent, were from African countries. This is reported by Pretoria News, a partner of TV BRICS.

One notable example is Ghana, which has seen an exceptional 249.4 per cent increase in tourist arrivals to South Africa in the first quarter of 2024 since the visa waiver programme was introduced in November 2023.

This initiative allows Ghanaians to travel to South Africa without a visa for 90 days, thereby enhancing business and tourism opportunities.

The progress made in developing the economy through tourism is evident. Efforts are being made to create a lasting impact in the tourism sector using first-hand experience.

Moreover, there has been a significant increase in arrivals from Russia, demonstrating the broad appeal of South Africa as a tourism destination.

Asian markets are also showing growth, with arrivals increasing by 25.4 per cent year-on-year between January and March 2024. China in particular has seen an impressive 82 per cent increase in arrivals, reflecting a growing interest in what South Africa has to offer. India, despite a slight decline from 2023, remains an important market for the country's tourism sector.

The lifting of visa restrictions, coupled with well-planned marketing strategies, has allowed South Africa to become an attractive choice for travellers from around the world. As the tourism industry recovers and adapts, stakeholders are optimistic about its sustainability and future prospects.

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