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Spas could benefit from projected tourism growth 3 July 2017South Africa’s hotel / destination spa sector is likely to reap the benefits of an expected growth in tourism, as government implements strategies to attract five million additional tourists to the country within the next five years.According to SAnewsgov.za, the Department of Tourism will use its R2.1 billion budget to ensure that the tourism industry continues to grow.“Marketing takes the largest component of this budget at 53%, or R1.1 billion. This amount will be deployed towards increasing our global market share and growing the domestic tourism market in a manner that promotes inclusive growth,” Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa said recently.On 26 June, Tourism Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe added: “According to the 2016 hospitality report by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the number of available hotel rooms will rise at a 0.8% compound annual rate to 63,700 in 2020, from 61,100 in 2015.“We are confident that there is potential for even further growth in tourism in our country. The department has noted growth in overseas arrivals and the increase in the number of star graded establishments.”She stressed that tourism operators must keep abreast of tourists needs, especially as their needs change in the rapidly developing technology space. “We have to make sure that we provide guests with exceptional products and excellent service.”