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New data reveals South Africa’s top visitors

On July 24, 2019 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

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The researchers for StatsSA have been busy crunching the numbers again this month, and they’ve detailed a comprehensive picture of all the visitors to South Africa between the time period of May 2018 – May 2019. Overall, It is great news for tourism in South Africa, as the numbers shows that foreign arrivals are up by 1.5% within the recorded 12-month period.

Regardless of reported struggles, South Africa has still managed to remain an attractive destination for international visitors. More than 1.2 million foreign nationals have set foot in South Africa over the past year.

Tourism in South Africa: Most popular overseas visitors (Visitors from these ten countries made up 75.5% of all tourists from overseas countries):

  • United States of America (USA): 35 699 (21.5%)
  • United Kingdom (UK): 21 834 (13.1%)
  • India: 13 238 (8.0%)
  • Germany: 11 827 (7.1%)
  • France: 11 142 (6.7%)
  • Australia: 8 825 (5.3%)
  • China: 7 259 (4.4%)
  • The Netherlands: 5 782 (3.5%)
  • Brazil: 5 149 (3.1%)
  • Canada: 4 771 (2.9%)

The number of tourists decreased for four of ten leading countries, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Brazil. But the picture was pretty rosy elsewhere. The UK, for example, experienced the largest increase of tourists to South Africa (up by 6.5%), followed closely by China with an increase of 6.3%. The US also saw their visitor numbers increase by more than 5%.

The most popular African visitors are as follows (Virtually all tourists from Africa – 97.9% – came from the SADC countries.):

  • Zimbabwe: 168 046 (29.3%)
  • Lesotho: 121 426 (21.2%)
  • Mozambique: 106 341 (18.5%)
  • Swaziland: 75 161 (13.1%)
  • Botswana: 51 668 (9.0%)
  • Namibia: 14 682 (2.6%)
  • Malawi: 12 853 (2.2%)
  • Zambia: 11 527 (2.0%)
  • Angola: 5 090 (0.9%)
  • Nigeria: 3 597 (0.7%)

In total, the number of tourists increased for five of the ten leading countries (Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Angola), and decreased for the other five (Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique). Botswana showed the largest increase (15.2%), while Zambia showed the largest decrease (15.8%).

With tourism in South Africa growing, maybe it’s the perfect time for you to pack your bags and make the move to this beautiful country. If you’re looking to get a South African visa or permit, it’s always easier with the help of an Immigration Consultant. Make sure you get in touch with us ASAP to make your trip to South Africa a seamless one.

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