Travel2SA campaign aims to woo visitors to ‘rainbow nation’
By John Eche
Echoes of Xenophobia have resurfaced among Nigerian social media users following the launch of a new travel campaign designed to woo Nigerian and other travelers to South Africa.
The campaign, which is being promoted on Twitter, using the hashtag: Travel2SA is inviting interested travellers to ‘Experience the time of your lives in SA, visit http://www.southafrica.net now! #Travel2SA’
Commenting on the promotion however, FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI @Rouvafe, noted: ‘Before you start trending #Travel2SA on 9ja Twitter, you need to #StopXenophobia first!’
On his part, Henrikachi @Henrikachi remarked: ‘When Nigerians see #Travel2SA trending. “Seems they need new batch of people to lynch”. #Xenophobia.’
Eric Okafor @KneWKeeD is also not impressed: ‘I just opened this trending hashtag #Travel2SA and it has nothing on it ?’
It is a similar sentiment from Honourable Ochanya @LipsyOchie who remarks: ‘#Travel2SA Would have loved to be in SA for vacation, but I’m dead scared of your xenophobic attack???’
A softer line however comes from Paul Okoduwa @paul_okoduwa who comments: ‘one of my best destination ever, its all about the fun and family here #Travel2SA.’
There have been a spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa in the past few years with Nigerians having been increasingly targeted.