Rise in SA’s festive-season visitors

2012-01-03 14:07

There was a 2% increase in the number of travellers moving into and out of South Africa in December compared to the same period last year, home affairs said today.

The department recorded 3.7 million travellers on its computer system in December, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

Of these more than 2.5 million were foreigners and 1.2 million were locals. These numbers included both arrivals and departures.

The majority of visitors came from Southern African Development Community countries, but there was also a steady inflow from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Germany.

Most of the movement into and out of the country was through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, the Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Lebombo border post into Mozambique, Ficksburg and Maseru Bridge into Lesotho, Oshoek and Golela into Swaziland, and Kopfontein and Ramatlabama into Botswana.

Dlamini-Zuma wished all travellers a safe journey.

“I am confident all travellers enjoyed the warmth, hospitality and ubuntu of our people as well as the diversity and magnificence of our flora and fauna.”

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