South African tourism on the rise

18th Jul 2012

Tourism in South Africa has been boosted by the news that the number of visitors to the country went up by 10.5% in the first quarter of 2012.

Official figures from the office of tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk show that 2.3 million people arrived in South Africa between January and March and the minister has described the statistics as "wonderful".

The beauty of Cape Town and Table Mountain and the historical significance of Robben Island are just a few of the obvious attractions and the minister wants the country's public to continue attracting more people by giving a warm welcome.

"Let's work together and encourage each other to continue to make tourists feel at home ... and to continue offering the excellent service, value for money and accessibility that have delivered these exceptional results," he said.

The number of visitors from the UK actually fell in 2011 but the total was up by 9.5% in the opening quarter of this year. And arrivals from Europe as a whole rose by 11.9% in the first three months of 2012 as well.

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