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Durban to host tourism Indaba for next five years, says Zuma

18 May 2017

South Africa President Jacob Juma has said that last year's 8% increase in worldwide tourist arrivals in Africa indicates the huge potential for further growth in the continent's tourism sector.

He said the Tourism Indaba was a wonderful way to celebrate Africa month as the country showcases its beauty.

He said this while officially opening the 2017 Africa Travel Indaba where 21 African Countries are exhibiting what they offer in terms of tourism. "Tourism is riding the crest of the wave in Africa and the world, and the tourism forecast is looking bright. Tourism also provides job creation and opportunities for entrepreneurship".

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"It is indeed most encouraging that more and more world travellers are discovering our continent. Having been home to Africa's Top Travel show since 1992, it is wonderful news that we will remain its host for the next five years at least", Rakharebe said. They see its value as an exceptional destination for holiday and business. Zuma said Africans must explore their continent and commended a South African travel blogger‚ Katchie Nzama‚ who is about to embark on her second journey across the continent. "We are determined to move Africa forward in this business of tourism". An opportunity that KZN won after a successful bid to the South African Tourism board.

"With this campaigning people will appreciate the huge value of tourism in their lives".

He said the total contribution of tourism to the South African economy in 2015 was about R375 billion (US$28,5 billion).

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Tourism now supports about 1.5-million jobs.

"Black entrepreneurs will be targeted to be the leaders in growing these new markets in Asia and the Middle East, through various programmes to be run by SA Tourism, including participating in worldwide trade shows and expos, as part of our country's radical economic transformation programme", he said.

Zuma said on the African Union level, Africa was investing in infrastructure development projects that would help to promote economic development, including tourism development. "One of our key projects is to develop road and rail connectivity within the continent to make it easier to travel around Africa". Transformation will be another form of growth.

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Durban to host tourism Indaba for next five years, says Zuma