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Date published 10.10.2016

AFTER more than two years of struggle, Southern Africa Tourism Services Association chief, David Frost, said the industry was back to square one on the issue of unabridged birth certificates.

The Department of Home Affairs has published a Government Gazette proposing word changes, which change nothing and still require travellers with children entering South Africa to produce original certificates.

Mr. Frost said the matter was now with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa but believed the new TBCSA Chairman, Tito Mbweni, had the ability to intervene with the government of this and other issues such as the growing problem of airport immigration congestion.

Turning to foreign visitor demand, Mr. Frost said the popularity of destinations such as Cape Town and high-end game lodges around Kruger, the challenge was to spread tourism to other parts of the country or South Africa would “hit a glass ceiling”.

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