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A clutch of incentives designed to help South Africa's tourist establishments grow their businesses and improve the country's iconic attractions have been announced by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.
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.
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.