by Simon Capstick-Dale

The Chinese love South Africa

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The Chinese love South Africa
The Chinese love South Africa

China has become South Africa's fourth biggest source market for tourists. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk recently embarked on a media road show in Beijing to celebrate the growth in tourism from China to South Africa.

South Africa was visited by 59 187 Chinese tourists between January and September 2011, by 96 747 during the same period in 2012, and it was thought this number would exceed 100 000 this year.

Van Schalkwyk attributed the growth to stronger trade relations between the two countries since South Africa took its place in Brics – the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa group of countries – in 2011.

Van Schalkwyk travelled to China with senior officials from his department, diplomats and a contingent from SA Tourism (SAT), where he will use the trip to thank the Chinese media for its continued support in marketing South Africa as a holiday and business event destination. He will also share details about SAT's marketing plans for 2013.

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