PRETORIA– The South African government has strongly objected to a travelaAdvisory issued by the government of Australia, which it says contains misleading information about this country and the experiences of visiting foreign tourists.
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will raise the concerns of the South African Government relating to the advisory with her Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement here Wednesday.
It added that the travel advisory had the potential not only to deter Australians from visiting South Africa, but also to tarnish the country’s image.
South Africa remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and tourists in most instances have pleasant experiences of our country, the statement quoted Sisulu as saying.
Officials from the department had in the past requested, without success, that the advisory be amended to reflect the situation in South Africa as it relates to the true experiences of foreign tourists.
The decision to escalate the matter follows these unsuccessful attempts and indicates the seriousness with which the South African government values the contribution of the tourism sector to the economy, the department said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK