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STATS SA: FOREIGN TOURIST ARRIVALS UP 15.5% IN APRIL 2017; CHINESE DOWN 28.8%

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STATS SA: FOREIGN TOURIST ARRIVALS UP 15.5% IN APRIL 2017; CHINESE DOWN 28.8%
The Stats SA Tourism Migration Report for April 2017 was released earlier in the week in review. Findings reveal that overall foreign arrivals to South Africa increased by 15.5% to 2 773 454 in April 2017, compared to April 2016. Also, 1 068 065 South African residents passed through South Africa’s ports of entry during the same period. Making up the numbers:    

  • 222 055 overseas tourists entered South Africa in April, representing a 17.8% year-on-year (YOY) increase from 188 491 in April 2016. The highest YOY increase of 50.5% was for tourists from Germany, followed by Switzerland at 29.6%. Tourists from China decreased sharply by 28.8% to 7 151 arrivals in April 2017.  
  • There were 680 918 tourists from the SADC region, an increase of 15.3% from April 2016. Zimbabwe (+27.7%), Lesotho (+23.4%) and Mozambique (+15.8%) contributed the most to these numbers. The largest SADC decrease was for tourists from Tanzania (-14.5%).
  • 15 052 tourists (a YOY decrease of 5.9%) were from ‘other’ African countries, whereas 1 003 were from unspecified countries.
  • Of all tourist arrivals, 97.5% were on holiday, compared to 1.8% and 0.7% who came for business and study respectively. 27.3% of all arrivals used air transport.

Your Opinion Matters: Tourists from China down 28.8% in April 2017
A notable finding from the report is that arrivals from China dropped sharply, from 10 046 tourists in April 2016, to 7 151 in April 2017. Why do you think that is, and should we be keeping more of an eye on this development?

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