A total of 833,638 tourist arrivals were recorded in August 2016, compared to 731,248 in the same month of last year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said in its latest update on tourist arrivals in the country.
The increase is evident in source regions including the Middle East (55 percent), followed by Asia (37.9 percent), Central and South America (24.9 percent), Europe (22.3 percent) and Australia (12.2 percent).
“Tourists are finding value for money when they visit South Africa, and the recent arrival figures are a testament of that,” Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in response to the figures.
The UK was the largest overseas source market for South Africa in August, maintaining the same trend of August 2015. China replaced Italy to become South Africa’s 14th source market.
“As an industry, we are confident we can increase international tourist arrivals by 50 percent in the next five years through improved market access and innovating marketing ventures. The increase can only bode well for our economy and create much needed jobs for our people,” said Hanekom. Enditem