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Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk urged communities on World Tourism Day to embrace tourism development, saying it was central to economic growth and would become the country's biggest employer within the next decade.
The introduction of electronic visas would grow tourism volumes and create new job opportunities on the continent, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at the opening of the 2012 Routes Africa Conference in the Seychelles.
South Africa’s Presidency has put forward the country’s minister of tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, as a candidate to head the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
An extensive audit has revealed that South Africa has enough accommodation for fans expected to visit the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the media in Cape Town last week.
A 2010 visitor information centre will be opened in Polokwane, Limpopo province this week to ensure that tourists arriving in the city for the 2010 Fifa World Cup get the best information and advice.
South Africa is set to proclaim its 22nd national park in the area surrounding Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. The park has been made possible by the World Wide Fund for Nature SA, which donated the 14 500ha Karoo Nature Reserve - worth an estimated R23-million - to form the centrepiece of the project.