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South Africa witnesses 200% surge in Indian travellers

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Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – Middle East, India and South East Asia, South African Tourism

South African Tourism concluded another highly successful association with South Asia’s leading travel show, SATTE 2023. The tourism board showcased destination South Africa and addressed members of the press at the 30th edition of the trade show, held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida in Delhi NCR from 09th to 11th February 2022.  

Owing to its robust recovery efforts and its aim to promote diverse, authentic destination offerings through the More&More campaign, South Africa emerged as one of the leading travel destinations for Indians in 2022. The Rainbow nation received nearly 50,000 Indian visitors last year till November, significantly exceeding its goal of bringing 33,900 plus visitors set at the beginning of the recovery year. This year, the tourism board aims to achieve a 72% increase over last year’s target.

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Why South Africa?

South African Tourism, along with 35 prominent exhibitors introduced innovative and one-of-a-kind destination offerings for Indian trade partners from across key regions such as Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and Eastern Cape aspiring fruitful partnerships. Catering to Indian traveller preferences, the carefully curated offerings showcased exceptional yet affordable accommodations, luxury experiences, offbeat activities, advanced MICE infrastructure as well as adventure, wildlife, and culinary activities.

Against the backdrop of celebrating the completion of 30-years of bilateral ties with South Africa, India has moved up to become the 6th largest international source market for South Africa. The relaxation in travel norms post the pandemic has been one of the biggest motivators for the recovery and is showing no signs of slowing down.

 Speaking about the association, Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – Middle East, India and South East Asia, South African Tourism said, “With our evolved brand strategy and customized engagement models, we have managed to stay on top-of-mind of the consumers. We are already witnessing an uptick in forward bookings for the year, especially from groups of more than 6 pax and we intend to keep driving this momentum.” 

Moreover, with improved connectivity, attractive tourism packages and a plethora of experiences that South Africa has to offer, its tourism board remains optimistic that India will continue its recovery trajectory and remain one of the fastest growing source markets for driving tourism in South Africa. At present, several stop-over flights fly from India to South Africa, including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Air Seychelles. 

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