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Travel and Tourism - South Africa - February 2017

“South Africa has an impressively varied tourism product thanks largely to a geological diversity that incorporates everything from white-sand beaches and vaulting sand dunes to majestic mountains and vast open spaces like the Kalahari Desert and the Great Karoo. It is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet and swathes of its fragile ecosystems are protected in dozens of national parks and game reserves, which are major tourism drawcards. Many people travel to and within the country to see the ‘Big Five’ (elephants, rhino, lions, leopards and buffalo).”
- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • How does tourism contribute to the South African economy?
  • What tourism attractions, products and services does South Africa offer?
  • What are the main source markets for inbound travel to South Africa?
  • What factors have affected recent arrivals trends?
  • How will South Africa’s tourism industry develop in the future?

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Table of contents

  1. South Africa: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • Gauteng
                  • Figure 1: Distribution of international tourists*, by province, 2011-17
                • Western Cape
                  • Limpopo and Mpumalanga
                    • KwaZulu-Natal
                      • Free State
                        • North West
                          • Figure 2: Top 10 attractions & landmarks visited, by international tourists, 2013-17
                      • Tourism and the Economy

                          • Figure 3: Selected economic indicators, South Africa, 2008-19
                          • Figure 4: Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP, 2008-17
                          • Figure 5: Tourism expenditure, 2009-17
                          • Figure 6: Tourism’s direct contribution to employment, 2009-17
                      • Arrivals

                          • Figure 7: Market segmentation, by volume, 2009-17
                        • International
                            • Figure 8: International tourist arrivals to South Africa, 2009-17
                          • SADC
                            • Figure 9: Arrivals to South Africa from selected SADC countries, 2009-17
                            • Figure 10: Arrivals to South Africa from selected SADC countries, January-October 2015 & January-October 2016
                          • Non-African
                            • Figure 11: International arrivals to South Africa from the top 10 non-African source markets, 2009-16
                            • Figure 12: International arrivals, January-October 2015 & January-October 2016
                          • Leading markets
                            • Domestic
                                • Figure 13: Snapshot of domestic tourism, 2009-16
                            • Market Characteristics

                              • International
                                • Purpose of visit
                                  • Figure 14: Main purpose of visit for international arrivals, 2013-17
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Figure 15: Month of arrival, by overseas tourists*, 2013-16
                                  • Figure 16: Month of arrival, by African tourists, 2013-16
                                  • Figure 17: Seasonality index of selected foreign markets, 2013-17
                                • Length of stay
                                  • Figure 18: Average length of stay for overseas tourists, by month of arrival, 2015
                                • Domestic
                                  • Purpose of visit
                                    • Figure 19: Main purpose of visit for domestic tourists by 2016
                                  • Seasonality
                                    • Figure 20: Domestic tourism trips, by month, 2013-16
                                  • Length of stay
                                  • Transport

                                      • Figure 21: Arrivals, by region of residence & mode of transport, 2015
                                    • Air
                                      • Figure 22: Passenger traffic at South Africa’s airports, 2011-17
                                      • Figure 23: International passenger traffic at South Africa’s main airports, 2011-17
                                      • Figure 24: Domestic passenger traffic at South Africa’s main airports, 2011-17
                                    • Road
                                      • Rail
                                        • Sea
                                        • Accommodation

                                            • Figure 25: Available accommodation, October 2016
                                            • Figure 26: Occupancy & average income per stay unit, November 2015-October 2016
                                        • Tourism News

                                          • Organisation of tourism
                                            • Marketing
                                              • Visas
                                                • Sharing economy/collaborative consumption
                                                • What Next?

                                                  • Improving competitiveness
                                                    • Health and safety
                                                      • Human resources/labour
                                                        • International openness
                                                          • ICT readiness
                                                            • Environmental sustainability
                                                              • Diversification
                                                                • Emerging markets
                                                                  • Tourism growth
                                                                    • Figure 27: Tourism outlook, 2017-26
                                                                • Index to Travel & Tourism Analyst

                                                                    • Index grouped by geographic area
                                                                    • Index to TTI Destination Reports

                                                                      • Country reports
                                                                      • Special Reports Index

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                                                                        Travel and Tourism - South Africa - February 2017

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