So said Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, on Tuesday, delivering his annual budget vote speech in Parliament. “Despite two decades of consistent and impressive growth, 2015 was not a good year. Global and local economic pressures took their toll and perceptions of health risks discouraged travel to Africa,” he said.
“Visa and other travel documentation requirements had a further negative impact on tourism. The result was that international tourist arrivals declined by 6.8% compared to the previous year.”