• Unathi Sonwabile Henama Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
Keywords: African migration, regional tourism, economic development, black economic empowerment, rural tourism, leakage


The tourism industry allows peaceful movement of people in the world, and is a very important economic force for any destination to acquire tourism. The industry requires peace as a pre-requisite for its development. Africa’s share of the tourism industry remains small whilst any change in tourist arrivals has an adverse impact on the tourism industry. Tourism is known for its economic benefits that include improving the balance of payments, attracting foreign exchange, and increasing state coffers through the taxation of non-residents. 

Due to South Africa’s role and status in the continent, opening up a country borders opens up the country for new risks such as reducing visa restrictions that are seen as a barriers especially by less developing countries, and this can proliferate the entry of illegal migrants that comes to the country using travelling documents and ends up staying beyond their allocated time period. Paper considers abilities and potential for international tourism development in South Africa with priorities of national interests related with maintaining of effective migration policy.

Author Biography

Unathi Sonwabile Henama, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria

Magister Artium (Africa Studies) specializing on Tourism from the University of the Free State; currently works as a lecturer in Tourism Marketing in the Department of Tourism Management at the Tshwane University of Technology.

His scientific interests are tourism marketing, aviation, development of tourism in less developed countries, BRICS.

He published in 6 journals, participated in more than 10 local and international conferences


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How to Cite
Henama, U. S. (2017). INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION AND NATIONAL TOURISM INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT (THE CASE OF SOUTH AFRICA). The EUrASEANs: Journal on Global Socio-Economic Dynamics, (2(3), 72-82. Retrieved from