The competitiveness of SA’s tourism sector is still being weighed down by confusion over the travel requirements for children, the visa regime for visitors from certain countries, as well as concerns over safety, which could intensify following recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. 

This is according to David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa), who was responding to the most recent tourism and migration data released by Stats SA. The agency reported on Monday that the number of arrivals and departures for foreign visitors and South Africans declined in July 2019 from the corresponding figure in July 2018. 

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