12 Things You Didn’t Know About South Africa-Iran Relations
South Africa could capitalize on Trump’s travel ban
U.S. President Donald Trump attempted to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran and three African countries — Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. South Africa wants to strengthen tourism ties with Iran and boost its standing as a Muslim-friendly destination. About 117 million Muslim visitors traveled the world in 2015 — 10 percent of the entire travel market. This is expected to grow to 168 million visitors by 2020, according to the MasterCard Muslim Travel Index. “The fast-growing Muslim travel segment is an opportunity in plain sight, but in order to benefit from it, it is crucial to understand the needs and preferences of Muslim travelers and how to adapt and tailor products and services for them,” said Matthew Driver, a Mastercard group executive for Asia Pacific.