Business events boost SA tourism

2013-07-29 15:09
Johannesburg - Business events are a key contributor to tourism growth, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Monday.

"As government continues to focus on tourism as one of the key job-creating sectors, we continue to recognise business events tourism as an area with significant growth potential," he said in a statement.

Van Schalkwyk said international tourist arrivals grew by 10.2 percent last year, surpassing the global average of four percent.

"The business events industry has been an important contributor to this success."

The country had managed to secure 88 events from 2013 to 2017 with the help of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB).

"Jointly, these bids will attract no less than R2.6 billion to the tourism economy. These meetings will bring an estimated 200,000 delegates to the country."

Among these events, was the International Aids Conference, which would be held in Durban in 2016, Van Schalkwyk said.

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