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Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the South Africa Outbound market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

Mintel has the answers you’re looking for

What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this report

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What factors are shaping South Africa’s outbound market?
  • Where do South Africans travel around the world?
  • How is the South African aviation industry developing and what is its impact on outbound travel?
  • How is the economy and weaker currency influencing travel behaviour?
  • What is the impact of visas on the South African outbound market?

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Jessica Kelly, a leading analyst in the Tourism sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

South Africa’s outbound market has posted moderate growth in recent years given its downbeat economy and the weak Rand. South Africans have a strong zest for travel and will work around monetary constraints to bring foreign trips to fruition. Travel behaviour has adapted to the tougher economic climate, encouraging South Africans to shop around for deals delivering value for money Jessica Kelly
Senior Tourism Analyst


What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Market Drivers

        • Population
            • Figure 1: South Africa’s mid-year population, 1950-2045
            • Figure 2: Mid-year population trends, 2015 & 2045
          • Economy
              • Figure 3: South Africa – selected economic statistics, 2011-18
            • Exchange rates
              • Figure 4: Selected exchange rates against the South African Rand, 2013-18
            • Tourism balance
              • Figure 5: South Africa’s tourism balance 2013-17
            • Visas
            • Outbound Tourism

              • Arrivals
                  • Figure 6: South Africa outbound, 2014-18
                • Destinations
                  • Africa
                    • Lesotho
                      • Mozambique
                        • Swaziland (Eswatini)
                          • Zimbabwe
                            • Botswana
                              • Namibia
                                • Zambia
                                  • Mauritius
                                    • Other southern Africa
                                      • Other East Africa
                                        • Other North Africa
                                          • Other West Africa
                                            • Figure 7: South Africa’s outbound travel to leading African destinations, 2013-17
                                          • US
                                            • Canada
                                              • Brazil
                                                • Figure 8: South Africa outbound to the Americas, 2013-17
                                              • Asia
                                                • Thailand
                                                  • China
                                                    • Hong Kong
                                                      • India
                                                        • Australia
                                                          • Indonesia
                                                            • Other
                                                              • Figure 9: South Africa outbound to Asian destinations, 2013-17
                                                            • Europe & Middle East
                                                              • UK
                                                                • Italy
                                                                  • Germany
                                                                    • Other
                                                                      • Middle East
                                                                        • Figure 10: South Africa outbound to Europe, 2013-17
                                                                    • Market Characteristics

                                                                      • Pre-booking behaviour and booking methods
                                                                        • Figure 11: Information sources used by South Africans to learn about Lesotho, 2017
                                                                      • Internet trends
                                                                        • Demographics
                                                                          • Figure 12: Demographic profile of South African visitors in Lesotho, 2017
                                                                        • Purpose of visit
                                                                          • Figure 13: South African travel to the UK by purpose of visit, 2017
                                                                        • Expenditure
                                                                          • Length of stay
                                                                            • Seasonality
                                                                              • Figure 14: South Africa outbound by month, 2017 & 2018
                                                                          • Transport

                                                                              • Figure 15: South African departures by mode of transport & month of travel, 2018
                                                                            • Air
                                                                              • Airport developments
                                                                                  • Figure 16: South African airport statistics, 2018
                                                                                • Leading airlines
                                                                                  • LCCs
                                                                                    • Road
                                                                                      • Rail
                                                                                        • Sea
                                                                                        • Accommodation

                                                                                            • Figure 17: Accommodation used by South Africans when visiting the UK, 2016
                                                                                            • Figure 18: Overnight visitors in Lesotho by accommodation type, 2017
                                                                                        • Tour Operators and Travel Agencies

                                                                                            • Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG)
                                                                                              • Tourvest Travel Services
                                                                                                • BidTravel (Bidvest Group Ltd)
                                                                                                  • Sure Travel
                                                                                                    • XL Travel
                                                                                                      • eTravel
                                                                                                        • Other
                                                                                                          • OTAs
                                                                                                                  • Comair Travel (Kulula)
                                                                                                                    • Other e-commerce
                                                                                                                    • What Next?

                                                                                                                      About the report

                                                                                                                      This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                      • The Consumer

                                                                                                                        What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                      • The Competitors

                                                                                                                        Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                      • The Market

                                                                                                                        Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                      • The Innovations

                                                                                                                        New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                      • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                        Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                      • The Trends

                                                                                                                        What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

                                                                                                                      Please Note: This is a sample report. All of the figures, graphs, and tables have been redacted.