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Lilizela Awards for Town Lodge and Road Lodge

The sixth edition of the annual Lilizela Tourism Awards organised by South African Tourism was held in Johannesburg in November. Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom said in his opening address, “It is a real privilege to be here with you to celebrate...

Low rand boosts tourism rebound

Tourist numbers have started to climb considerably as travellers to South Africa take advantage of the low value of the rand and feel freed of the Ebola threat, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said.   And while the new visa regime agreed to by...

Opening address at SAACI 2015 (PART 2)

Opening address by Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, to the SAACI Congress held on 3 August 2015 in Cape Town: We continue to hold the top position for Africa and the Middle East. This is no small feat, considering the fast evolving and...

Opening address at SAACI 2015 (PART 1)

Opening address by Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, to the SAACI Congress held on 3 August 2015 in Cape Town: It is an honour and a privilege to be in the company of key players in the business events industry. This year’s theme: “It’s...

Tourism minister addresses SAACI congress

“In 2013 tourism in South Africa contributed 9,5 percent to the country’s gross domestic product, translating into more than 1,4 million jobs,” says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Officially opening the annual congress of the Southern African...