Crime puts tourists off visiting Durban

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Durban – A prevalence of crime is putting tourists off visiting the city of Durban, tour operators have said.  

IOL reports that the number of visitors to KwaZulu-Natal has declined for the third consecutive year, a fact that is puzzling to tourism authorities.

Tour operators in and out of the province say Durban’s lack of original attractions, as well as the crime rate and lack of cleanliness, are the reasons people do not want to visit.

Philip Sithole, head of Durban Tourism, disagrees, saying that while tourists to the province have declined, the city has seen an increase year on year.  

Strangely, KZN’s declining numbers do not follow the trend for the country and the rest of the world.  

According to Karen Kohler, a researcher at KZN Tourism, foreign tourist arrivals decreased slightly, as has the length of stay.

Furthermore arrivals and total passenger movements at King Shaka International Airport, as well as road traffic arrivals have also dwindled. A number of travel agents cited crime as one of the big reasons tourists avoid Durban.

Along with this, many feel that the city does not offer any out of the ordinary attractions that sets it apart from other world cities.  

Sithole defended the cities offering, saying that Durban has a number of unique attractions, including Moses Mabhida Stadium, the revamped beachfront and Florida Road.

He added that people from Durban had to start promoting their city to encourage more visitors.

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