BMI View: South Africa's tourism market offers both enormous growth potential and numerous operationalchallenges. The country presents visitors with a wealth of attractions, including a well established safariholiday sector, beach holidays at numerous coastal destinations and a range of historical and culturaldestinations. The hotel sector is relatively developed and most budget levels are well catered for,particularly in destinations such as Durban and Cape Town. Domestic transport infrastructure is lacking,particularly in rural areas, but South Africa is the most well connected country in the region in terms ofinternational flight routes. Despite these positives, ongoing security concerns in the country, a weakinvestment environment and barriers such as counterproductive visa requirements will all continue torestrict growth.
Key Updates And Forecasts
The introduction of visa restrictions in 2015 continues to create uncertainty and confusion for travellers toSouth Africa. As recently as January 2017 travellers from the UK were denied boarding for flights toSouth Africa after failing to produce original birth certificates for travelling minors. Overall governmentfigures show arrivals have fallen by over 6% since the introduction of more stringent visa requirements.