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South Africa Outbound - June 2013

South Africa is one of Africa’s biggest economies – a young democracy still working to overcome the legacies of several decades of apartheid. The ‘Rainbow Nation’ has largely prospered in the post-apartheid era, leading to rising incomes and more middle-class consumers. However, this is a diverse country of many extremes and divides, and nowhere is this more evident than in the divide between rich and poor.

Travelling abroad is largely undertaken by affluent South Africans, especially to long-haul destinations, while those on lower incomes are more likely to travel domestically in South Africa or to nearby African countries. Approximately one in ten South Africans travel abroad each year, although holiday and leisure travel is only one part of the market. Visiting friends and relatives (VFR) and business travel are both important components of the South African outbound market.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Market Drivers

        • Population
            • Figure 1: South Africa’s mid-year population, 1950-2050
            • Figure 2: South Africa’s mid-year population by age, 2010 and 2040
          • Economy
              • Figure 3: South Africa’s GDP, 2006-12
            • Income and social inequalities
              • Exchange rates
                • Figure 4: Selected exchange rates against the South African Rand, 2007-12
              • Tourism balance
                  • Figure 5: South Africa’s tourism balance, 2008-11
              • Outbound Tourism

                • Arrivals
                    • Figure 6: South Africa’s outbound departures, 2006-12
                  • Visa restrictions limit travel
                    • Destinations
                      • Africa
                        • Zimbabwe
                          • Lesotho
                            • Swaziland
                              • Mozambique
                                • Botswana
                                  • Namibia
                                    • Mauritius
                                      • Zambia
                                        • Other
                                          • Figure 7: South African outbound travel to other African destinations, 2007-12
                                        • Europe
                                          • UK
                                            • Germany
                                              • Turkey
                                                • Other
                                                  • Figure 8: South African arrivals to selected European destinations, 2007-12
                                                • Other long-haul destinations
                                                  • US
                                                    • Thailand
                                                      • Hong Kong
                                                        • Australia
                                                          • Singapore
                                                            • Other
                                                              • Figure 9: Outbound travel to other long-haul destinations, 2008-12
                                                          • Market Characteristics

                                                            • Pre-booking behaviour and booking methods
                                                              • Demographics
                                                                  • Figure 10: Demographic profile of South Africans visiting Thailand, 2011
                                                                • Purpose of visit
                                                                  • Figure 11: South African arrivals in the UK by purpose of visit, 2008-12
                                                                • Expenditure
                                                                  • Figure 12: Expenditure by South Africans in Thailand, by type, 2011-12
                                                                • Length of stay
                                                                  • Figure 13: Length of stay in the UK, 2011
                                                                  • Figure 14: Length of stay in Namibia, 2011
                                                                • Seasonality
                                                                  • Figure 15: South African resident departures by month, 2010-12
                                                              • Transport

                                                                  • Figure 16: South African outbound travel by mode of transport, 2009-12
                                                                • Air
                                                                  • The first Pan-African low-cost carrier?
                                                                    • Higher airport taxes
                                                                      • Leading airlines
                                                                        • South African Airways
                                                                          • Kulula/Comair
                                                                            • International airlines
                                                                              • Figure 17: South Africa – international airlines: company market share by volume, 2011
                                                                            • Leading international airports
                                                                              • Figure 18: South African departures by international airport, 2010-12
                                                                            • Road
                                                                              • Figure 19: South African road departures by destination, 2009-12
                                                                            • Rail
                                                                              • Sea
                                                                              • Accommodation

                                                                                  • Figure 20: South African arrivals in Thailand by type of accommodation, 2010-11
                                                                              • Tour Operators and Travel Agencies

                                                                                  • Outbound travel agencies and tour operators
                                                                                    • Sure Travel (www.suretravel.co.za)
                                                                                      • Flight Centre South Africa (www.flightcentre.co.za)
                                                                                        • South Africa Travel Centre (www.satravelcentre.com)
                                                                                          • Harvey World Travel Group (www.harveyworld.co.za)
                                                                                            • Holiday Tours (www.holidaytours.co.za)
                                                                                              • Thompsons Holidays/Travel (www.thompsons.co.za)
                                                                                                • Club Travel (www.clubtravel.co.za)
                                                                                                  • Online travel agencies
                                                                                                    • Travelstart.co.za
                                                                                                      • FlightSite.co.za
                                                                                                      • What Next?

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                                                                                                        South Africa Outbound - June 2013

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