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    Lesotho has found a new source of revenue to boost it's meager income -- tourism.

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    Lesotho has found a new source of revenue to boost it's meager income -- tourism.

    Each week hundreds of tourists -- mainly from South Africa, which virtually surrounds Lesotho -- flock to the capital, Maseru, about two and a half miles (4 kms) from the border, to enjoy uncensored films, mingle with coloured people and gamble in casinos.

    The South African Government has banned controversial films and some men's magazines. Gambling is also illegal.

    Maseru's unrestricted leisure facilities soon become known to white South Africans. This year, a record of 84,000 tourists visited the city, bringing with them a wealth of cash.

    South Africans are allowed to take unrestricted amounts of money out of their country to gamble in Maseru and their country shares a common customs union with the neighbouring black states of Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

    The rapid growth in tourism -- only 3,600 visited Maseru in 1966 -- has helped to create many jobs for Lesotho workers.

    In one hotel alone, more than 300 new jobs were created as a direct result of the boom.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7R2JIQWLK5D6A58WTOY2XLACM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7R2JIQWLK5D6A58WTOY2XLACM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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