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Nigerian tourists to South Africa: Challenges, expectations and demands

Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji
Acta Commercii | Vol 13, No 1 | a170 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v13i1.170 | © 2013 Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 January 2013 | Published: 20 August 2013

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Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji, Department of Tourism Management, School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: Identification of tourists’ needs and finding ways of satisfying them is crucial to any tourism destination.

Research purpose: This paper investigated the challenges, demands and expectations of Nigerian tourists to South Africa.

Motivation for the study: Nigeria, along with other African nations, has been identified as one of the core regional source markets with air links to South Africa. Increasing revenue generated from regional tourism is important to South African Tourism.

Research design, approach and method: Descriptive statistics and Chi-square tests were used to analyse the data collected using a questionnaire survey of 320 Nigerian tourists to South Africa.

Main findings: Results showed that Nigerian tourists visit South Africa mostly for the purposes of business, holiday, visiting friends and relatives, education and medical care. Challenges perceived by these Nigerian tourists visiting South Africa include long waiting time for the visa process in Nigeria, expensive cost of living in South Africa, safety and security problems, not so many airlines to choose from and expensive flight costs. Nigerian tourists mostly expect South Africans to be friendlier and have expectations of linking up with new business partners or performing transactions. They also have a strong demand for shopping, leisure and quality education.

Practical/managerial implications: This study recommends a bilateral tourism relationship agreement between the Nigerian and South African governments to ameliorate the visa process; targeted marketing communications by South African Tourism toward Nigerian tourists based on study results; strong police presence and proper policing in South Africa; air transport liberalisation and low-cost carriers implementation for shared economic growth within the African region.

Contribution/value-add: No former research has specifically identified Nigerian tourists’ challenges, expectations and demands whilst visiting South Africa.


Keywords

Nigerian tourists; South Africa; tourists’ demand; tourists’ expectations; visiting challenges

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