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Welcome to the Tourism Knowledge Portal.


This portal for the South African Tourism Sector is a collaborative knowledge sharing initiative. Our world is constantly changing due to factors such as global economic upheaval and technological developments. This impacts on sustainability in the Tourism Sector and requires insights and knowledge in order to position ourselves to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate risks. The purpose of this Knowledge Portal is to enable those of us in the Tourism Sector to keep abreast of the latest tourism news and current perspectives gained from recently-conducted research and statistical analyses, to enable us to create and share innovative ideas and practices.​

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GDP

​Source: TSA, STATSSA​

2011 (Final)2012 (Preliminary)2013 (Preliminary)
​Direct contribution of tourism to GDP​​83 991​93 465​103 557
​% contribution of tourism to GDP​​2.8 %​​2.9 %​2.9 %
Employment

Source: TSA, STATSSA​

2011 (Final)2012 (Preliminary)2013 (Preliminary)
​Direct contribution to employment​
​623 299​645 755​655 609
​% contribution of tourism to employment​4.4 %​​4.5 %​​4.4 %​
Tourism sector vs traditional industries (Value Added) (%)

Source: TSA, STATSSA

​Industry201120122013
Electricity, gas and water3.23.6​​3.7
Agriculture, forestry and fishing2.5​2.4​2.3
Construction3.8​3.8​4.0
Tourism2.8​2.9​2.9
Mining and quarrying9.6​9.2​9.0
​Transport and communication​9.5​10.0​10.0
​Wholesale and retail trade14.9​​15.0​14.8
​Manufacturing​13.3​13.1​13.2
​Finance, real estate and business service​20.7​20.6​20.3
​General Government​16.5​16.4​16.8
​Personal service​5.9​5.9​5.9
Tourism sector vs traditional industries (Employment) (%)

Source: TSA, STATSSA​

​Industry2011​2012​2013
Electricity, gas and water0.6​0.7​0.9
​Mining and quarrying​2.4​2.6​2.8
Tourism4.4​4.5​4.4
Transport and communication5.8​6.0​6.1
Agriculture, forestry and fishing4.6​4.8​5.0
Construction7.9​7.6​7.7
​Private hh​8.7​8.68.3
​Finance, real estate and business services​12.9​13.2​13.4
​Manufacturing​13.3​12.6​12.2
​Community and social services​21.5​22.2​22.5
​Wholesale and retail trade​22.421.8​​21.1
Domestics (2013)

​Source: 2013 SAT_Annul_Report_v8_01102014

​Indicator20122013
​Total domestic travellers​12.5 Million12.0 Million (-4% from 2012)
​Total number of domestic trips​25.4 Million25.2 Million
​Average domestic spend per domestic trip​R850​R980
​Total direct domestic spend​R21.8 Billion (up 8%)​R24.3 Billion (up 12%)
​Average length of stay per trip​4.8 nights​4.4 nights

Tourist Arrivals (2013)

​Source: 2013 SAT Table A - December 2013

​Indicator20132012​Difference​%
Total Africa arrivals​6 913 7836 656 458​257 325​3.9%
​Total overseas arrivals​2 683 1412 505 762​177 399​7.1%

Global Performance (2014)

​Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism highlight 2015 edition

Total global Tourist arrivals1 133 Million
​Total global Tourist percentage change %​4.3%
​Prediction for 20153% to 4%

Top Destinations

​Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism highlight 2015 edition

World's Top Tourism Destinations​ ​Million​ ​Change
Rank2013201413/1214/13
1.  France83.683.7​​2.0​0.1
​2.  United States70.0​74.8​5.0​6.8
3.  Spain60.7​65.0​5.6​7.1
​4.  China​55.7​55.6​-3.5​-0.1
​5.  Italy​47.7​48.6​2.9​1.8
​6.  Turkey​37.8​39.8​5.9​5.3
​7.  Germany​31.5​33.0​3.7​4.6
​8.  United Kingdom​31.1​32.6​6.1​5.0
​9.  Russian Federation​28.4​29.8​10.2​5.3
​10.  Mexico​24.2​29.1​3.2​20.5

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Compendium
The multi-sectoral nature of tourism subjects it to a variety of regulatory requirements, ranging from Acts of Parliament to local by-laws. At the time of writing there are no platforms that provide a collection of these regulatory requirements. This presents a major challenge for policy making, compliance, investment and decision making. 
 
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The Department of Tourism functions within the National legislative environment. As such there are acts and policies which impact on the department and to which it must comply.
  
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