India's High Commissioner to South Africa Virendra Gupta intends to double tourism between South Africa and India over the next five years.
Tourism between the two Brics countries has increased drastically over the past five years and with four new international airports and 32 regional airports under renovation, India’s tourism sector was poised for further growth.
For sustained growth, he said that there was a need for innovative approaches in promoting tourism to India such as visa outsourcing. He has selected a company that would open four offices across South Africa to make the process of obtaining an Indian visa easier.
To still further encourage tourism arrivals, India last month also lifted the provision relating to the required two-month gap between two visits of a foreign national on a tourist visa.
Gupta also pointed out that tourism between South Africa and India plays an important role in the commercial and trade partnership between the nations.
He said he was pleased with the tourism growth achieved, despite the recession, and that India and South Africa were more affordable tourist destinations than Europe or the US, which encouraged travellers to visit each other’s countries.