The Department of Tourism says that more than 10-million foreign visitors came to South Africa in 2016, surpassing the global growth average.
In total, says the Department, there was a massive 13% increase in international tourists. That’s a whole 1,1-million more than in 2015.
“The spectacular growth in tourist arrivals indicates that the close collaboration between various government departments, between the Department of Tourism and industry, and between suppliers and service providers on the ground has paid off,” says Minister Derek Hanekom.
“We have done well to capitalise on our status as a value for money destination, offering an array of experiences for all tourist markets.”
While a weak rand would have made South Africa an appealing destination for many tourists, Hanekom has put the success down to the “robust performance” of the tourism sector.
The Department believes that tourism directly supporter more than 700 000 jobs last year. Taking indirect effects into consideration, is influenced nearly 1,6-million people.
Chinese tourists are increasingly taking an interest in our country, adds the Department, and last year this group saw the largest growth.