August arrivals in South Africa sees slight growth

November 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Stats SA’s latest tourism and migration report reveals that August 2017 saw slowed growth in arrivals in comparison to July 2017 – August overseas arrivals grew by 9% year-to-date on 2016 figures, in comparison to July’s 10%.
 August arrivals in South Africa sees slight growth
Year-to-date growth compared to 2016; the European market grew 9%, North American grew 8%, Central and South America grew 85%, Australasia grew 3%, while Asia and Africa continue to decline.
Tourists from the ten leading overseas countries visiting South Africa in August 2017 were United States of America (USA), 32 899 (15%); United Kingdom (UK), 30 483 (14%); Germany, 20 193 (9,5%); The Netherlands, 15 741 (7%); France, 15 630 (7%); Italy, 11 410 (5%); Australia, 10 754 (5,0%); China, 8 265 (4%); India, 7 325 (3%); and Spain, 6 177 (3%). Tourists from these ten countries constituted 75% of all tourists from overseas countries.
The Russian Federation has been added to the countries being tracked, with year-on-year growth of 52%, from 699 arrivals in August 2016 to 1 065 arrivals in August 2017.
A comparison of movements in the ten leading countries between August 2016 and August 2017 shows that the number of tourists increased for eight of the ten leading countries (France, Australia, USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and India) but decreased for China and the UK. France had the largest percentage increase of 23% (from 12 693 tourists in August 2016 to 15 630 in August 2017) while China had the highest percentage decrease of 31% (from 11 914 tourists in August 2016 to 8 265 in August 2017).
Virtually all arrivals from Africa, 623 031 (98%), came from the SADC countries. A comparison between movements in August 2016 and August 2017 for the ten leading SADC countries shows that the number of arrivals increased for seven of the ten leading countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia) and decreased for the other three countries (Lesotho, DRC and Swaziland).
Malawi showed the largest percentage increase of 21% (from 14 410 tourists in August 2016 to 17 395 in August 2017), followed by Mozambique, which increased by 18,0% (from 98 537 tourists in August 2016 to 116 232 in August 2017). Lesotho showed the highest percentage decrease of 12% (from 137 465 tourists in August 2016 to 121 114 in August 2017, followed by DRC, which had a decrease of 3,1% (from 3 567 tourists in August 2016 to 3 458 in August 2017).

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