Tourism minister pledges to bring more visitors to South Africa

Accommodation providers in South Africa have reported a 15.1 per cent year-on-year increase in income in the first quarter of this year.

This follows on from the 14.8 per cent year-on-year increase seen in the last three months of 2011 and is being attributed to government investment in promoting the country, Business Day reports.

South Africa’s tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has pledged to invest ZAR 218 million (£16.7 million) over the next three years to market the country, as well as open one tourism office a year over the next five years.

Aside from iconic sites such as Table Mountain, he will no doubt be keen to expose some of South Africa’s lesser-known attractions to potential visitors.

These include the majestic views afforded from God’s Window in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, where sheer cliffs plunge into the valley floor below and its endless vista of forest, and the Hole in the Wall on the country’s Wild Coast where the waves have forged a natural passage through the rock.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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