Tourism to account for 9% of GDP: CEO

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SOUTH AFRICA. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. LEBOMBO LODGE RESERVE.

JOHANNESBURG - Tourism will account for nine percent of gross domestic product in South Africa within the next five years, according  to Tourism South Africa's newly appointed CEO, Sisa Ntshona.

The sector currently contributes three percent to GDP.

Last year, revenue from the tourism sector declined 7.3 percent compared with 9 percent growth recorded in 2014.

Tourism SA hopes to attract more than  five million foreign tourists to the country.

It is hoping this will help recover the losses.

The organisation also hopes to get more South Africans to travel the country in a bid to boost the economy.