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South African tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Sept. 7, 2020 2 min read

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MASERU – With a view to help revive its tourism sector, the South African tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says plans are underway in that country to among others reopen international travel.

The plans, she said will focus on the continued growth of the domestic tourism industry as well as the restarting of the international tourism industry.
Mrs Kubayi-Ngubane said the Africa land markets form the bedrock of tourism in South Africa, adding that this region alone accounts for 71 per cent of international arrivals therefore would give a further boost to the recovery efforts of the sector.
The SA tourism industry is regarded as one of the major contributory sectors to economic growth and job creation.

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In Lesotho, the LTDC 2016 tourism statistics report shows that in 2014, about 1 078 510 tourists visited Lesotho while 1 082 403 came in 2015. The report further shows that 1 081 227 which is equivalent to 90 per cent of the tourists came from South Africa.
It states that revenue collected through tourism in 2016 was M844 million whereas in 2015 M822 million was collected.
According to the report, 60 per cent of visitors come to Lesotho for religious purposes while 28 per cent come for leisure and 11 per cent for business.  LeNA

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