In July this year the Tourism Minister announced an ‘exceptional growth in tourist arrivals’ for the first quarter of the year.
Between January and March 2 267 807 people landed on South African soil – 216 031 more than the same time in 2011. Overseas tourist arrivals were up by 17.8% and European arrivals grew by 11.9%. Visitors from the United States also grew by 16.1%.
But we’re also getting visitors from emerging markets like Brazil, India and China as well as from Africa, where growth of visitors has increased by 7.9%, and the Asian market, which grew by over 43%.
All this despite a recession. Continued