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South Africa sees Goa as a vital market

PANAJI : Goa’s outbound tourist traffic to South Africa is increasing. It comprises about five per cent of 1.26 lakh Indians annually visiting the country for leisure travel. This was revealed by Hanneli Slabber, country head, South Africa Tourism on Monday. On a day trip for a tour operators training session, Slabber said that growth from Goa market was double-digit and vis-à-vis rest of Indians who go to interiors the Goan preference is for coastal cities.About 15 million travelers from all around the world visit SA every year for tourism and India ranks seventh in the number of visitors.  Top three contributors to tourism coffers are UK, Germany and USA respectively, said Slabber.  Most bookings from India get routed through Mumbai and therefore Maharashtra provides maximum numbers, she said.

SA tourism officials are on an all-India tour and will be covering 15 cities for training sessions. Goa is the first stop where 46 tour operators attended. The behavior of the Indian traveler is changing they look for more experience based holidays than simple itineraries. Further contrary to perception Indians love adventure, said Slabber.

The wildlife safari is the cornerstone of SA tourism but the country is honed its outdoor activities and has range of adventure activities to offer. Its tourism market is divided in 26 segments and Indians are mostly in family and group segment.

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