Prepare for a record tourism season, experts say: SA

Beach and Twelve Apostles mountain in Camps Bay near Cape Town in South Africa. Getty Images Image for illustrative purpose.

If this year’s statistics are anything to go by, South Africa can look forward to a bumper tourism season by year-end.
The figures coming out of the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) show that South Africa continues to allure travellers, and has experienced a surge in international tourism from January to July 2023.

A remarkable 4.8 million international tourists visited the country, marking a 70.6% increase compared to the same period in 2022.

This growth signifies South Africa’s enduring appeal to both domestic and international adventurers.

In July 2023 alone, Statistics South Africa reported a total of 2,551,329 travellers passing through the country’s borders, comprising 30% South African residents and 70% foreign visitors.

This data highlights South Africa’s position as a favoured destination on the global tourism map.

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