8 IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA

8 IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • SOUTH AFRICA has earned foreign exchange in form of invisible export from thousands of tourists who visit the country from Europe, Asia and from other continents due to her tourist potentials. Such income has been used to rehabilitate roads, set up heath units, etc.




  • The industry has provided employment opportunities to many people of SOUTH AFRICA such as those working in Hotel like Serena, tour and travel agencies, game guides. This has earned income to workers and thus improved standards of living.
  • It has led to the conservation of wildlife of flora and fauna through gazetting and restricting of areas. this has helped to modify SOUTH AFRICA’s climate by forests and protecting her heritage for future generations.
  • Tourism facilitates the development of important infrastructure such as airfields, health units, lodges for tourist accommodation. These have led to the development of SOUTH AFRICA.
  • It has promoted and reflected the cultural heritage of SOUTH AFRICA i.e. historical sites, museums, cultural sites, all protect SOUTH AFRICA’s image abroad.
  • Tourism has led to the development of the craft industry and agricultural sector through providing market to the products of such sectors. This means the provision of more jobs and income from the craft industry thus improving living standards of people of SOUTH AFRICA.
  • Tourism has led to the diversification of SOUTH AFRICA’s economy from over-dependence on the agricultural sector. This has resulted in increased foreign exchange used to set up schools and health centers thus SOUTH AFRICA’s development.
  • It has improved on the international relationship between SOUTH AFRICA and the countries like Norway, Germany and Britain, where tourists come from. This has helped SOUTH AFRICA to become politically stable.




  • Training of skilled manpower like hotel attendants, game guides, etc.
  • Government revenue through taxing tourist transport companies, tourists hotels, etc.
  • Growth of urban centers
  • Promoted environmental conservation through forest reserves, gazetting of national parks.
  • It has promoted education and research in botany and zoology.

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