World news. The South African minister of tourism issued a statement on the death of 3 Chinese tourists to the North West region in South Africa.

Tourism Minister for South Africa Mr Derek Hanekom. Photo courtesy etas.co.za

Tourism Minister for South Africa Mr Derek Hanekom. Photo courtesy etas.co.za

The Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, expresses his condolences to the People’s Republic of China, following a road accident involving twenty tourists on 1 October 2014.

The accident took place when the tourists’ bus collided with another vehicle in the North West province, killing three passengers and injuring several others.

Photo courtesy http://www.eturbonews.com

Photo courtesy http://www.eturbonews.com

China is our fourth largest long-haul tourist market and also an important political, economic and trade partner. “We are truly saddened by this tragic incident. On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, I would like to extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of those who have passed on.

Our prayers are also with those injured and recuperating in hospital. We wish them a speedy recovery,” the Minister commented from the UNWTO Executive Council in Uzbekistan.

The National Department of Tourism and South African Tourism will work closely with the Embassy and Consulate of the People’s Republic of China to ensure that they receive the necessary support and feedback during this difficult period.