South Africa’s Tourism Minister is on a visit to Mumbai, India, in a drive to grow tourist arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region.

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The Minister has arrived in Mumbai, India as part of a trip to encourage more travellers from India to South Africa. Photo: Pixabay

Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will be in Mumbai from 14 – 16 January as part of a trade roadshow to grow Indian tourist arrivals and consolidate the market share of the Asia-Pacific region to South Africa.

The Department of Tourism said the Minister will use the visit to strengthen the strong historical and cultural ties shared by the two countries.

In January 2019, a Strategic Programme of Cooperation — inclusive of tourism — was signed during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State visit to India.

The two countries will sign a three-year plan of action concerning the tourism sector part of the programme.

The Minister will also use the road show to engage with stakeholders, tour operators and investors in an effort to build confidence, seek partnerships and opportunities to unlock the market for both countries’ tourism sectors.

India is an important tourist source and priority tourist market for South Africa, with 93,428 Indian tourists visiting the country in 2018.

“This visit is part of the effort to grow this number in the coming years,” said Manale. –