South Africa experiences a decline in tourism

The tourism sector, which is seen as a means to unlock jobs and economic growth in South Africa has been battling to stay competitive.

File: The tourism sector, which is seen as a means to unlock jobs and economic growth in South Africa has been battling to stay competitive.

Tanya Nefdt / eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The number of tourists from most of the top 10 countries visiting SA declined in August compared to a year ago.

Only visitors from Italy, the US and India increased.

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Tourists from the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, China and Spain have all declined.

The tourism sector, which is seen as a means to unlock jobs and economic growth in South Africa, has been battling to stay competitive.

Uncertainty over visa arrangements for visitors from certain countries, travel visas for minors and concerns over crime have been the major setbacks.

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Tourism accounts for just under 10 percent of total employment in South Africa.

Officials in the sector say they're expecting the unabridged birth certificate requirement for foreign minors travelling into South Africa to be scrapped this month.

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eNCA