Indian tourists have contributed largely towards the tremendous growth of South African tourism in the last four years. “In 2009, the number of tourists were around 56,000 and in 2012 it has grown to nearly one lakh. Also, the earning from India has crossed more than a billion South African Rand, which is more than what we earn from other countries,” said Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager of South African Tourism. She credits the ‘Learn South Africa’ training session for tour operators for boosting tourism.
She said that compared to other countries, the earnings from India have been huge. Based on research done by the South African tourism industry, even within India, South Indians are more keen to go for vacations than North Indians. “Learn South Africa has helped to make everyone understand the culture of both the countries and it has also equipped the tourists to know more about different places in South Africa other than Cape Town, which is the default tourist spot for many,” she added.
This yearly training programme is conducted free of cost and does not restrict the number of participants from each trade operating company. This year, the training programmes will be held in 15 cities across India till July 31.