Visa laws blamed for Cango Caves 23 000 visitor drop in first half of 2015

Despite major maladministration reported at Oudtshoorn Municipality, the Tourism Chairman Niel Els says that local government are not the only one's responsible for a decline in visitors to the town's attractions.

245 000 people visited the caves in 2014, but the first six months of 2015 has shown a decline of 23 000 visitors, which Els says can be attributed to the controversial visa regulations rolled out by the Department of Home Affairs this year.

We cannot only blame the municipality for the dwindling numbers at the Cango Caves. We need to blame Minister Gigaba and his ridiculous visa regulations and international travel restraints.

Niel Els, Chairman of Oudtshoorn Tourism

According to Els, the statistics show that that national visitor numbers are up, but international visitors have declined.

In particular, Els says tourists from China and India have seized completely.

Listen to the full conversation, with Pippa Hudson standing in, on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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