Black visitors on the rise - SANParks

2013-05-12 17:58
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Johannesburg - The number of blacks that visited national parks has grown over the past year, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Saturday.

"A steep increase in total black overnight visitors in national parks grew by 19.4% from 40 534 to 48 390," said SANParks executive, Glenn Phillips in a statement.

He said more than 70% of patrons at national parks were South African and the increased figure for black visitors was a result of efforts to transform the visitor demographics.

SANParks also said it had a good financial year despite initial fears of financial turmoil ahead.

"Despite the unfavourable global economic situation, SANParks has seen good returns in tourism income," said Phillips.

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