Radebe and Rentse Khiba
Western Cape MEC of Economic
Opportunities, Alan Winde today said the new visa regulations has had a
negative economic impact on the tourism and education sector.
During a press briefing
today, MEC Winde touched on the national regulators impact on tourism in the province.
He made sure to highlight the fact that despite tourism in South Africa being
affected by the new visa regulations, an additional sector affected is the
education sector, namely English language schools around the country.
Meanwhile the English
language schools, which are well known for teaching foreign nationals living in
South Africa, Basic English were reported to be losing students at a rapid pace
according to Winde.
The MEC stated that on
recent visits to English language schools across the province the amount of
students had been cut down by 50% and that it had reached the point where
language school teachers needed to be retrenched.
In recent reports
Johannes Kraus, chairman of Education South Africa, said more than R34 million
has been lost between January to March 2015. With accommodation prices included
it was R42 million this year so far.
claimed that when one group of tourists tries to apply for a visa at the same
time, others in the group would be unsuccessful. This of course discouraged
mentioned that whenever tourists rate their top 10 cities to visit, Cape Town
is always included. But now that the new
visa regulations have been implemented, people don’t want to come. They now
prefer to either travel to Australia
also went on to say that tour companies were more focused on drawing tourists
to these countries. However, Winde said that the local tourism industry could
learn a lot from these countries. Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa
plans to visit China.
Xasa wants to see how the Chinese tourism industry is run.
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