SA Tourism expecting one lakh tourists from India

Vastavam web:  South African Tourism is expecting over one lakh tourists from India this year, a senior official said today.The country has registered a 21.7 per cent increase in arrival of Indian leisure visitors in 2016, which stood at 95,377 and is in 8th position among international source markets, South African Tourism country manager-India, Hanneli Slabber told reporters here. However, demonetisation had affected tourist inflow between December, 2016 and March, 2017, but picked up from April, she said.

Slabber, here as part of 7th edition of board’s annual travel trade training sessions, said Coimbatore had been identified as one of the emerging source markets, driving tourist traffic to South Africa.Coimbatore residents, though traditionally conservative travelers, had in recent times opened up to exploring newer destinations, Slabber said.