Insights from the 35th Crimestoppers Conference

An important session today for South Africa and any emerging economy is the impact the perception of crime has on tourism. South Africa certainly relies on tourism as a major source of foreign currency and to create jobs, especially in rural settings where South Africa can showcase our wildlife. If tourists fear for their safety that much need investment gets diverted elsewhere.

John discussed the real actions needed and the challenge to correct negative impressions of an area that has had and still has a crime issue with the CEO of SA Tourism, Thulani Nzima .

In the 1st quarter of last year tourism generated R35 billion and mining generated R32 billion...On job creation last year (tourism) generated 1,4 million jobs

Thulani Nzima, CEO SA Tourism

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