The first batch of graduates have successfully completed the City of Johannesburg's tourism internship programme, and are ready to make their mark on the country's hospitality sector.
Already known as an innovation hub and renowned for the excellence of its hospitality offerings, Cape Town will soon be the home of the most eco-friendly hotel on the continent, with construction soon to start on the cutting-edge Hotel Verde.
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Almost 90% of visitors who came to South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup found locals to be extremely friendly and hospitable, according to a recent survey which highlighted the economic potential of the local tourism industry.
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