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StatsSA Tourism and Migration Report for December 2016

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StatsSA Tourism and Migration for December 2016: KEY FINDINGS:

In December 2016, 4 542 548 travellers (arrivals, departures and transits) passed through SA’s ports of entry, who were made up of 1 333 870 SA residents and 3 208 678 foreign travellers.
Tourists increased by 8,1% from 892 720 in December 2015.

They were constituted as follows:

  • Overseas tourists (259 724), increased by 10,7% from 234 523 in December 2015:
    The highest increase (30,4%) was for tourists from France (from 10 700 in December 2015 to 13 952 in December 2016), followed by The Netherlands, 16,9% (from 12 823 in December 2015 to 14 986 in December 2016) and Germany, 15,3% (from 27 404 in December 2015 to 31 603 in December 2016).
  • Tourists from SADC (688 599), increased by 7,1% from 642 721 in December 2015:
    The highest increase (26,5%) was for tourists from Malawi (from 11 209 in December 2015 to 14 180 in December 2016), followed by Lesotho, 19,7% (from 113 592 in December 2015 to 135 921 in December 2016)
  • Tourists from ‘other’ African countries (15 698), increased by 7,8% from 14 566 in December The highest increase, 34,2% was for tourists from Kenya (from 2 304 in December 2015 to 3 091 in December 2016, followed by Senegal, 28,4% (from 141 in December 2015 to 181 in December 2016).

The majority of tourists, 948 401 (98,3%) were on holiday compared to 13 786 (1,4%) and 2 920 (0,3%) who came for business and for study purposes respectively. Tourists were made up of 506 631 (52,5%) males and 458 476 (47,5%) females.

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