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StatsSA Tourism & Migration Report, November 2016

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StatsSA Tourism & Migration Report, November 2016

In November 2016, 3 347 065 travellers (arrivals, departures and transits) passed through South Africa’s ports of entry. They were made up of 795 059 South African residents and 2 552 006 foreign travellers.

 Foreign arrivals, 1 294 020 were made up of 81 921 non-visitors and 1 212 099 visitors. The visitors were broken down as follows:

  • 402 750who arrived and departed on the same day, and
  • 809 349who stayed overnight (tourists). 

Tourists increased by 4,5% from 774 378 in November 2015. They were constituted as follows:

  • Overseas tourists, who increased by 13,1%from 221 149 in November 2015. 
    The highest increase, 29,3% was for tourists from France (from 15 103 in November 2015 to 19 531 in November 2016), whereas Switzerland had the smallest increase of 6,7% (from 6 739 in November 2015 to 7 192 in November 2016).
  • Tourists from SADC, who increased by 1,1%from 535 911 in October 2015. 
    The highest increase, 11,7% was for tourists from Malawi (from 12 479 in November 2015 to 13 937 in October 2016), whereas Tanzania showed the smallest increase of 3,0% (from 3 005 in November 2015 to 3 094 in October 2016).
  • Tourists from ‘other’ African countries, who increased by 0,7%from 16 016 in November 2015. 
    The highest increase, 27,5% was for tourists from Egypt (from 615 in November 2015 to 784 in November 2016, Whereas Uganda showed the smallest increase of 1,6% (from 1 075 in November 2015 to 1 092 in November 2016).
  • 1 139 tourists, whose country of origin were unspecified.

About two thirds, 534 864 (66,1%) of tourists used road transport and about a third, 272 696 (33,7%) used air transport, while a much smaller number, 1 789 (0,2%) used sea transport.
The majority of tourists, 780 390 (96,4%) were on holiday compared to 25 644 (3,2%) and 3 315 (0,4%) who came for business and for study purposes respectively. Tourists were made up of 452 508 (55,9%) males and 356 841 (44,1%) females.

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