SA tourism gets a new home in Lagos

2014-01-28 12:43
Lagos - South African Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has officially opened the very first South African Tourism regional marketing office on the African continent.

The minister, together with Nigeria’s Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Minister, Chief Edem Duke addressed the West African travel trade industry at offices based in Lagos.

"South African Tourism’s new home in Lagos demonstrates and confirms the resolve between our two countries to strengthen our relations for the mutual benefit of our peoples and, indeed, the long-term gain of the African continent," Van Schalkwyk said.

The minister said the move served to cement and increase economic co-operation between the southern Africa and western Africa regions; growth in African arrivals has been driving the tourism industry on the continent for many years now, shielding both countries tourism industries from the worst of the recent economic downturn.

A total of 73 282 Nigerian tourists visited South Africa in 2012. This is a 13.8% increase when compared to the 64 402 Nigerian tourists who visited South Africa in 2011. At the end of June 2013, Nigerian arrivals continued to show a 15.9% growth on the same period in 2012 at 40 097 tourist arrivals.

The upward growth movement can also be seen from Ghana as visitors to South Africa grew by 23.8% in 2012 with 22 953 Ghanaian tourists visiting. Up to end June 2013, arrivals from Ghana were growing at 27.3%  to 13 663 tourist arrivals for the six-month period.
"Key to creating economic vibrancy and resilience is working together to develop tourism industries that have the potential to contribute meaningfully to GDPs and to job creation on the African continent. Investing in our tourism network on the continent is not only indicative of our commitment to African co-operation; it makes business sense, too."

The minister ended proceedings by paying respects to the sentiments of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria's only independently elected Prime Minister who had a vision for a Unified African, by encouraging the rest of Africa to showcase the continent during South Africa's annual Tourism Indaba taking place from the 10th to the 12th May 2014 in Durban. 
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