REPORT: YEAR-ON-YEAR FIGURES SHOW TOURISTS TO SA DECREASED BY 10.9% IN MARCH
The latest Stats SA Tourism Migration report for March 2017 reveals that all tourists to South Africa from overseas, SADC and other African countries decreased by 10.9% in March 2017, compared to March 2016. Positively, there was an increase of 5.9% for overseas tourists, where the highest increase (of 143.9%) was for tourists from Brazil. This was followed by a 46.4% increase for tourists from France. Tourists from Egypt (a year-on-year increase of 51.8%) and Côte d’Ivoire (YOY increase of 44.6%) contributed the highest increases for tourists from ‘Other’ African countries.
Tourists from SADC decrease sharply
On the downside, the overall 10.9% decrease in tourists to South Africa in March 2017 is attributed to the 17.3% decline of tourists from SADC countries. The findings reveal that although South Africa remains a more affordable destination for overseas tourists, the tough economic situation in the SADC region makes it difficult for us to attract more tourists from the region. Click here to view the full report