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'Note ban hit Indians tourists' visit to South Africa'

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Note ban and the (GST) by the Indian have reduced the number of Indian tourists visiting last year, a South African tourism said on Thursday.

"witnessed a slowdown in terms of the number of bookings from in 2017 as a result of demonetisation and the GST," Tourism's for and told IANS here.

is the eighth largest market for South African tourism after Britain, the US, Germany, China, and the

While during 2016, 95,400 had visited South Africa, only 89,872 had visited the country from January to November in 2017. For the whole year of 2017, the expects the total number of Indian tourists to reach around 96,000.

"We had expected around 100,000 Indian tourists visiting South Africa in 2017, but after the note ban we noticed that were sceptical of travelling due to lack of cash," Jani said.

A 60-member team from South African Tourism department was visiting the city on Thursday as part of a multi-city road show to showcase the tourism in the southernmost country of the African continent.

It expects to see 100,000 Indians visiting the country in 2018.

Cape Town, and are some of the most popular destinations for Indian travellers.

The high value currency note ban in November 2016 and the new indirect regime (GST) in 2017 had slowed down the Indian economy, according to the Economic Survey for 2017-18.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 23:46 IST