South Africa enjoys tourism boom

16th Oct 2012

The number of holidaymakers visiting South Africa rose by more than 10% over the first half of the year, official figures have shown

Statistics revealed by tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk showed South Africa has enjoyed an exceptionally busy 2012, with nearly 4,417,000 holidaymakers visiting the country during the first six months of the year. This was compared to some3,996,760 in the same period last year.

Officials said tourism from outside Africa has been especially robust, with a rise of more than 17% in holidaymakers from across the world.

More than one and a half million visitors from overseas came to South Africa during the period, compared to just over 993,000 for the same period last year.

Van Schalkwyk said: "We are very encouraged to see that our carefully formulated tourism growth strategy to increase tourist arrivals to South Africa is yielding the desired results, with excellent growth achieved in the markets where we are actively marketing destination South Africa, and good returns being realised in markets that we have identified as sources of strong tourism potential for our country."

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