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Indian tourism to SA expected to grow - Zuma

President Zuma says Indian tourism to the SA will grow following a visiting from President Pratibha Patil

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PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said Indian tourism to South Africa will increase significantly after this week's state visit by President Pratibha Patil.

SA Tours is training 1,000 travel agents and operators in India to market South Africa.

In 2011, two-way trades between SA and India reached nearly R54 billion, with the balance slightly tipping India's way.

After talks with his Indian counterpart, Zuma said the figures could be much better.

"Ministers are of the view that we should increase our mutual trade with India by R111 billion by 2014."

In the last five years, Indian tourism to South Africa increased by 122 percent.

India sends the seventh highest number of tourists to South Africa.