5 things you need to know about tourism in South Africa today

(Also read: "Meet Mmatsatsi Ramawela, the woman tasked with revving up tourism in SA".)

South Africa is a well-known tourist destination.

The industry accounts for a substantial amount of the country's revenue.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, tourism supports 10.3% of all jobs in South Africa.

The country, seemingly, has it all.

From picturesque natural landscapes and game reserves, to a diverse cultural heritage and highly regarded wines.

Some of the most popular destinations include several national parks, such as the expansive Kruger National Park in the north, the coastlines and beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces, and the major cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Ray White (in for The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield) interviewed Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO Mmatsatsi Ramawela.

Ramawela discussed the following five things you need to know about tourism today:

  • Tourism: unpacking the concept – what business are we in?

  • World Tourism Day (27 September): the significance of this day for the local tourism sector in South Africa.

  • Tourism safety and security: the ramifications of crime for “Destination South Africa”.

  • The Tourism Multiplier effect: what it is and what its impact is on growing the local economy and creating jobs.

  • Domestic Tourism: why local travel is lekker, and why all South Africans should #DoTourism.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below.

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