South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has embarked on a four-day visit to Mumbai and New Delhi, with the aim of enhancing tourism trade between South Africa and India.

Along with CEO of SA Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, and Consul General, Maropene Ramokgopa, the delegation will engage with key representatives of the Indian travel and tourism industry, including trade partners. This is with the aim of seeking key market insights to further grow tourism from India to South Africa by showcasing SA’s diverse tourism offering and addressing barriers to growth.

Neliswa Nkani, SA Tourism’s Hub Head of MEISEA (Middle East, India and South-East Asia), commented: “The visit reaffirms India as a key market and our commitment to deepen our engagement. During their visit, we intend to address a range of challenges and have constructive, solutions-driven discussions with the tourism trade on how to meet the growing demand for our destination from India.”

The visit will coincide with a state visit by SA President Cyril Ramaphosa’s, where he will be hosted as Chief Guest at India’s 70th Republic Day Celebrations on Saturday, January 26. Ramaphosa will be accompanied by a business delegation to further solidify relations with agreements on Higher Education and Training, Arts and Culture, Home Affairs, Defence and Energy among others to be signed.