President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address in June set out government’s plans to double international tourist arrivals to 21 million by 2030.
The declining interest in tourism as a career could leave the industry with a skills shortage. Tourism contributes significantly to the country’s economy.
The tourism sector in Gauteng is feeling the brunt from the recent violence and looting of businesses in the province.
In its bid to further strengthen tourism ties with China, South Africa held a conference to promote artistic and cultural exchanges in Pretoria. The conference was also attended by delegates from Lesotho, strengthening cultural and tourism ties.
There are concerns that the current violence in which foreign nationals and their businesses are being targeted will negatively affect South Africa’s tourism sector.