South Africa expects over 1 lakh Indians in 2018

MUMBAI: South Africa is eyeing more than 1 lakh Indians visiting them this 12 months and is specializing in promoting the rustic as a vacation spot with numerable activities that suit all age groups.
"We have observed that Indians are fond of activities, even on a leisure trip. So this year we are focusing on promoting activities here, which are suitable for all age groups," Alpa Jani of South Africa Tourism told PTI here.

India is the eighth largest source market for South Africa, following the US, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and France being the highest 5, she said.

Majority of the Indians visiting South Africa are households (multi-generation), honeymooners, millennials and MICE (conferences, incentives, conventions, and occasions).

During the January-September 2017, MICE accounted for 32.8 in step with cent of the whole Indian arrivals, recreational holidayers at 26.8 in step with cent, trade travellers at 16.four in step with cent and VFR (visiting family and kinfolk) at 16 in step with cent, according to a knowledge by means of South Africa Tourism.

The selection of millennial Indians visiting South Africa rose from just about 35 in step with cent of the customer base comprising 35-year-olds within the first quarter for 2017, to 46 in step with cent in the second one quarter.

Mumbaiites accounted for 37 in step with cent of the whole arrivals last 12 months, Delhiites at 22 in step with cent, Gujaratis at 11 in step with cent, Bangaloreans at 8 in step with cent and Bengalis at 7 in step with cent.

Last 12 months proved to be a successful 12 months for company as it could arrange to stay its efficiency on the 2016 ranges.

"This is encouraging in the light of the overall challenges faced by the Indian tourism industry which was recovering from the effects of demonetisation and GST. In addition to visitor arrival numbers, in-destination spends remained stable while length of stay by Indians saw a positive spike," she said.

During January-November 2017, 89,882 Indians visited the rainbow country and we are nonetheless looking forward to the December figures, she added.

In 2016, 95,377 Indians travelled to South Africa, she said, including 40 in step with cent visitors are repeat travellers.

Further, she said, whilst there are no direct flights to South Africa, there are numerous connecting flights. At present, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad, Air Seychelles, Turkish Airlines and Jet Airways connect Mumbai and Delhi with South Africa.

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