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South Africa eyes 100,000 Indian tourists this year

Jan-Feb Indian ourist arrivals in Africa up 18% compared to last year

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South is eyeing 100,000 Indian tourists this year, including over 8,500 visitors from Kerala, South Africa Tourism Country Manager Hanneli Slabber said today.

Over the years, South Africa has been receiving huge number of tourists from India. Last year, 90,367 Indians visited South Africa, a 26.2% jump compared to 2010. This year the target is 100,000 Indian tourists, she told reporters here.

According to latest reports, Indian tourist arrival figure for January-February 2012 has gone up by 18% where in a total of 14,001 Indians visited South Africa compared to 11,864 for the corresponding period in 2011.

About 6,805 tourists visited South Africa in February, up 24.9% compared to 5,449 visitors in February last year.

Last year, 5,000 tourists from visited South Africa, and this year at least 8,500 visitors are expected from this state, Slabber said.

Many young visitors from India, including from Kerala, undertake to do voluntary work during their paid vacation, which was very encouraging, she said.

The currency fluctuations will impact tourist arrivals as air fares will take a bigger slice of the pie, Slabber said.

From this year, two roadshows will be held each year to promote tourism in India, she said.

South Africa Tourism has also launched a programme 'Learn South Africa', which aims to train travel professionals to promote, plan and organise attractive packages to South Africa as per their client's varied interests, she added.

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