Tourism in South Africa thriving

2019-04-10 06:01

South Africa is still a desti­nation of choice for inter­national tourists amid challenges regarding visas, ease of access for key source markets, safety standards and drought.

According to the 2018 reports by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), South Africa’s tourism industry reportedly attracted 10,5 million international tourists – this is a growth of 1,8% compared to 2017.

The WTTC, a global body that brings together all major players in the travel and tourism sector, announced that South Africa has the largest tourism economy in Africa, having contributed 1,5 million jobs.

The report revealed that tourism contributes 8,6% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), benefiting from 44% spend from international travellers (R128 billion), while 56% of the spend came from domestic travel (R163 billion).

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