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Xenophobia in South Africa did not harm tourism sector, says Derek Hanekom

Government respond quickly on xenophobic attacks in South Africa and ensured that tourism sector had not been affected, said Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom on Thursday.


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“I recently met with the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council who said we are sending out the right messages,” said Hanekom.

Hanekom was briefing the media in Cape Town ahead of his department’s Budget Vote later on Thursday and discussed the implications of xenophobia on the sector, the effects of loadshedding, and concerns regarding new visa regulations.

“If we sustain our efforts and if we combat any xenophobia that may rear its head, we will get through this,” said Hanekom.

He added that at the recent Tourism INDABA, he engaged with over 20 of his African counterparts: “We will be visiting each of these African states to strengthen our relations.”


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