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Cape Town - Depending on the stability of the South African economy, one could be cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the local tourism industry, Danny Bryer, director of sales, marketing and revenue management for Protea Hotels, told Fin24 on Tuesday.

"Naturally one would always want the rand to improve, but if it stays at current levels - which economists predict it will do - then we should see positive growth in all segments of the tourism accommodation industry," said Bryer.

He cautioned, though, that this growth would be from a low base, due to the prior negative impact created by the change in visa requirements as well as incidents of unrest in the country.

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