South Africa named the top tourism economy in Africa

On March 28, 2019 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

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It’s official South Africa is the top travel destination on the continent! When it comes to tourists wanting to experience the magic of Africa, the rainbow nation has been a popular choice with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) confirming the fact in their latest study. According to the WTTC’s most recent annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector, the study found that South Africa is the top travel destination on the continent.

The research shows that the South Africa’s Travel & Tourism sector contributed R425.8 billion to the country’s economy – the largest of any country in Africa. This represents 8.6% of all economic activity in South Africa and generated 1.5 million jobs, or 9.2% of total employment. Primarily driven by leisure travellers; 64% of the travel economy was generated by leisure visitors and 36% from business travellers. Balance between international and domestic travel was 44% of the tourism spend came from international travellers and 56% from domestic travel.

Reports shows that South Africa is estimated to receive a net immigration of 1,02 million people between 2016 and 2021. Most international migrants settle in Gauteng (47,5%) while the least are found in the Northern Cape province (0,7%). Better economic opportunities, jobs, and the promise of a better life are some of the factors that make Gauteng an attractive destination.

South Africa has long grasped the potential of Travel & Tourism to drive economic growth, create jobs, and promote social development. President Ramaphosa’s ambition is to double the number of people directly employed in Travel & Tourism in South Africa.

Travel & Tourism is South Africa’s greatest resource and the country’s strategy for expansion which priorities regional integration, environment sustainability and putting the community at the heart of decisions will make for a successful combination.

It’s not difficult to see why foreigners would want to visit South Africa with their money going further due to a favourable exchange rate for many European countries as well as North America. South Africa also offers a host of activities that cater to a range of holidaymaker plans.

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