South Africa tourism hits new high

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has praised South Africa’s tourism industry for attracting a record number of overseas visitors last year. Figures show that 7.3 million visits by international travellers in 2005. “At our annual meeting last year we issued a challenge to the tourism industry to rise above the already-record tourism arrival figures of 6.7 million in 2004, and to break the key psychological barrier of seven million international arrivals in 2005,” said Van Schalkwyk.

“We now see the fruits of that labour with the announcement of the spectacular performance of tourism last year.”
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