As South Africa goes to the polls, incumbent president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is keen to woo the hospitality sector with the promise of a radical overhaul of the national visa regime. Reporting from Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban for Breaking Travel News, Sapphire Goss assesses what impact it will have on the local market
Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three must visit events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Here Eleanor Hawkins visits for Breaking Travel News.
Taking up the role of chief executive with South Africa Tourism in late 2016, Sisa Ntshona is seeking to utilise his experience in the banking sector to inject a new professionalism into the body. Here he talks with Breaking Travel News reporter Eleanor Hawkins at Indaba 2017 to discuss his plans for the future.
Tokozile Xasa, the first female minister of tourism in South Africa was appointed to her post in October last year, having served as deputy minster since 2009. Here she speaks to Eleanor Hawkins about her plans for the developing sector during Indaba 2017, the preeminent trade show for the hospitality community in Africa.
South African Tourism is set to launch a revolutionary, world-first product – called Good Times in a Box – to stimulate domestic tourism. The product, introduced at Indaba, aims to make travel more accessible to the potentially lucrative domestic market, which remains relatively untapped.
South African tourism minister Tokozile Xasa has extolled the value of small businesses to the hospitality sector in the country during Indaba 2017. “We need to work together with various government departments, as enablers and influencers of tourism destination competitiveness, to grow and transform our sector and economy,” said minister Xasa.