Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Tourism Minister for South Africa, is currently in India and says that South Africa had a positive outlook for the Indian market. The Tourism Minister is in India to introduce the E-Visa facility for Indian tourists which will be rolled out from next week. The E-Visa facility will be rolled out initially on a pilot basis.
The Minister also said that South Africa is in discussion with India to grant multiple-entry visas to South Africans.
Mr Kubayi-Ngubane also said that South Africa had taken numerous measures to provide easy access to Indian tourists, including visa reforms. The new E-Visa pilot project will be rolled out from next week. If the pilot program is successful, South Africa will roll out a full E-Visa Program from 1st April 2020.
A high-level delegation from South Africa, including the Tourism Minister and Sthembiso Dlamini, the CEO of South African Tourism, are currently visiting India. The delegation is in talks with the Indian Ministry of Tourism to reiterate their commitment to increase the marketing support for tourism to South Africa.
India is the eighth-largest source country for tourism in South Africa. South Africa Tourism aims to double the number of international tourists arriving in South Africa from 10.5 million to 21 million by 2030. India is expected to play a major role in achieving that target.
Mr Kubayi-Ngubane pointed out that the E-Visa Pilot for India is under serious consideration to strengthen tourism ties between India and South Africa. 81,316 Indian tourists visited South Africa between January and October 2019. In 2020, South Africa aims to increase the number of Indian tourists to the country by 1.3%.
Tourism plays a significant role in the growth of the South African economy. The World Travel and Tourism Council report estimates that nearly 2.1 million jobs in South Africa will depend on the Tourism industry by 2028.
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