Parliament - Attacks on tourists in South Africa continues to impact on perceptions of the country as a tourism destination, MPs heard on Tuesday.
Parliament's portfolio committees on police and tourism were holding a workshop with stakeholders on tourist safety and security in the wake of several attacks on tourists, including the murder of a Ukrainian tourist at Chapman's Peak, Cape Town, which made international headlines.
Blacky Komani, chairman of Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), told MPs the murder of Ivan Ivanov, the Ukrainian citizen, led to a "material loss of tourism bookings".
Similarly, other incidents of violent crimes against tourists resulted in perceptions of safety in South Africa taking a dip among visitors.
Snap surveys of tourism operators revealed that another concern was tourists being followed from airports and robbed. Fifty such cases were reported over the past three years.