Tourism figures in South Africa showed an increase of 8,1% in the first two months of the year, compared to…
Tourism figures in South Africa showed an increase of 8,1% in the first two months of the year, compared to the same period last year, Valli Moosa, the tourism minister, said recently.
Moosa says overseas arrivals were up more than 17%, partly as a result of cricket fans attending the ICC Cricket World Cup in February.
The tourist industry world wide is weathering some tough times. South Africans can be truly proud of its achievements in continuing to buck the trend, he said.
Moosa also announced the names of the 15 new SA Tourism Board members, days before the annual tourism indaba is to take place in Durban.
The new board, whose primary function is to advise and consent, in line with the guiding principles linked to South African Tourism`s mission statement, comprises of champions of the South African business sector. They bring with them a wealth of experience that will add invaluable contribution in shaping South Africa as the number one tourist destination in the world, he said.
The board members will be in office for three years.
Rick Menell, the Anglo Vaal chairman, will retain his position as board chairman, and Dr Danisa Baloyi, of the National Business Caucus, will be the deputy chairperson.
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