Fifa 2010 World Cup brought record number of tourist to South Africa,said Tourism Minister

Published on : Wednesday, December 18, 2013

fifaJanuary 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 . ”

Between January and June this year, Van Schalkwyk tourism 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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