Tourism is a big money-spinner for KwaZulu-Natal, contributing R78.5bn to the economy. But the vast majority is from the domestic market; when it comes to international tourism, the province is the poor cousin of the Western Cape and Gauteng. That’s according to Jabulani Debedu, a KZN-based tourism specialist at consultancy group BDO.

As Debedu tells the FM, KZN had about 1-million international visitors in its 2018 heyday; last year brought in closer to 550,000. That’s against 7.5-million domestic tourists, by SA Tourism’s count. And while international visitors contributed R4.2bn in direct spend, locals brought in about R23bn...

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