SA immigration laws to blame for decline in tourism numbers - TBCSA

The South African tourism industry has experienced yet another blow with international arrivals declining at 11 percent for the June to August period.

The data from ForwardKeys, a travel data intelligence company which studies booking transactions daily, shows a 6.8% decline for the period between September 2014 and May 2015.

CapeTalk’s Mike Wills today spoke to Mmatsatsi Ramawela, the CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), who said the decline has to do with the visa regulations.

A few weeks ago we got a report from Statistician General (Pali Lehohla) who backed our numbers and our fears that the recent immigration regulation is having a detrimental effect on our industry.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela, CEO - Tourism Business Council of South Africa

Listen to the full conversation below:

Ramawela said the SA Reserve Bank as well as SA Revenue Service had raised some concerns on the immigration regulations that are affecting the industry.


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