2010 World Cup success densify tourist arrival growth in South Africa

Published on : Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2010-World-Cup-successJanuary and the same period last year, 5.1 percent in June, the number of tourists visiting South Africa , meanwhile , Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday .

” The 10.5 per cent growth recorded in the same period last year was over the top , ” he said in a statement .

” We 2010 [ in ] 2010 FIFA World Cup back in 2012 [ and ] signed an agreement to acquire . ”

As a result , 4,642,217 international tourist arrivals in the first two quarters of record growth year baseline period, the arrival of tourists .

Increasing global competition , South Africa, the source of the tough trading conditions in some markets , and was achieved despite an increase in the fluctuating rand .

” With the growth recorded in the Arrivals area of tourism in South Africa , continued to grow in 2013 , ” Van Schalkwyk said .

South Africa’s growth was in line with the global average .

According to the World Tourism Organization , international tourist arrivals in the first half of 2013 was 5.2 per cent growth .

675,595 visitors from Europe in January and June was 5.5 per cent .

” South Africa in the first six months of 2013 , rising 13.8 percent return , with good to strong growth in Germany , the third source of continuing in the market , ” the minister said France ( 10.8 per cent ) and Italy ( 7.1 per cent ) , was a return to positive growth .

However , the traditional source markets of South Africa , the UK and the Netherlands , was still under pressure , and in the same period ( UK ) at -0.6 per cent and -1.2 per cent in Arrivals ( Netherlands ) recorded a marginal decline .

In 2013 a total of 194,586 tourist arrivals in the first six months of 2013 to 3.7 per cent return to North America .

Van Schalkwyk , South Africa as a place to compete in the current global economic environment , the destination does not have to work harder than ever to be seen as the best value for money is offered .

” We are working with private sector partners , we are focused on caring for the value proposition , ” he said .

Asian tourists in 2012, 12.7 per cent in the first six months of 2013 over the same period 186,981 to 210,776 , compared .

India , 23.9 per cent during the period was 11 per cent came from China , and .

African Arrivals between January and June, 4.4 percent and 11.4 percent , visitors whom air travel by land to increase by 4.8 per cent .

” Typically air market in West Africa , from a low baseline , although there is strong growth – Ghana ( 27.3 percent ) and Nigeria ( 15.9 percent ) , ” the minister said .

” We in the West and East Africa, especially our air market . , South African Tourism ‘s office in Lagos on January 28 , 2014, growth in tourist arrivals in Africa remain confident , open dignity . ”

Van Schalkwyk tourism this year in January and June R35.3 billion injected into the economy , he said .

” Such issues as compared to other economic sectors , R32.6bn ounces of gold exports in the same period ,” he said .

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