SOUTH AFRICA continues to enjoy a strong growth trajectory in tourist arrivals with a 15.4% increase overall for the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.
The 15.4% translates to more than 4.9 million tourists from across the globe. Asia leads the growth with an increase of over 40% with close to 162 000 tourists coming from this region during this period. Europe still dominates as the key source market with 697 373 tourists coming from Europe. This is a 14.7% increase when compared to the same period last year.
North American travellers coming to #SouthAfrica increased by nearly 18% while Central and South American tourists increased by 17%. Australasia’s tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 10.8% during the same period.
Africa exhibited strong growth with a 14.4% increase in travellers coming from the rest of the continent, which signifies a strong recovery from 2015.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini, is delighted with these results, “Tourism continues to grow in South Africa. The positive increase is central to what we aspire to achieve as a country – to create more jobs, have a sustainable and transformed industry that can accommodate more tourists, as well ensure that our industry continues to contribute positively to the GDP”
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