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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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A total of 691 414 tourist arrivals were recorded for June 2016, which is an increase of 13.3%(81 322) compared to June 2015. More Information!

  
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GDP

​Source: TSA, Report No. 04-05-07 Published February 2016 STATSSA​

2012 (Final)2013(Preliminary)2014(Preliminary)
​Direct contribution of tourism to GDP​​93 750​101 730​111 560
​% contribution of tourism to GDP​​2.9 %​​2.9 %​2.9 %
Employment

Source: TSA, STATSSA​

2012 (Final)2013 (Preliminary)2014(Preliminary)
​Direct contribution to employment​
​646 390​655 587​680 817
​% contribution of tourism to employment​4.5 %​​4.4 %​​4.5 %​
Tourism sector vs traditional industries (Value Added) (%)

Source: TSA, STATSSA

​Industry2011201220132014
Electricity, gas and water3.23.6​​3.7​3.7
Agriculture, forestry and fishing2.5​2.4​2.3​2.5
Construction3.8​3.8​4.0​4.1
Tourism2.8​2.9​2.93.0
Mining and quarrying9.6​9.2​9.0​8.4
​Transport and communication​9.5​10.0​10.0​10.0
​Wholesale and retail trade14.9​​15.0​14.8​14.8
​Manufacturing​13.3​13.1​13.2​13.3
​Finance, real estate and business service​20.7​20.6​20.3​20.5
​Community and social services​16.5​16.4​16.8​22.7
Tourism sector vs traditional industries (Employment) (%)

Source: TSA, STATSSA​

​Industry2011​2012​20132014
Electricity, gas and water0.6​0.7​0.9​0.8
​Mining and quarrying​2.4​2.6​2.8​2.8
Tourism4.4​4.5​4.44.5
Transport and communication5.8​6.0​6.1​6.2
Agriculture, forestry and fishing4.6​4.8​5.0​4.6
Construction7.9​7.6​7.7​8.2
​Private hh​8.7​8.68.3
​Finance, real estate and business services​12.9​13.2​13.4​13.4
​Manufacturing​13.3​12.6​12.2​11.6
​Community and social services​21.5​22.2​22.5​23.1
​Wholesale and retail trade​22.421.8​​21.1​21.1
Domestics (2015)

*Source: Highlights of domestic tourism’s performance in 2014
*Source: 2015 Annual Report v8 0706201

​Indicator2012201320142015
​Total domestic travellers​12.5 Million12.0 Million (-4% from 2012)​*12.0 Million​*12.4 Million
​Total number of domestic trips​25.4 Million25.2 Million​28.0 Million​25.4 Million
​Average domestic spend per domestic trip​R850​R980​R950​R960
​Average domestic spend per domestic Day​R180​R210​R230​R230
​Total Annual spend​R21.8 Billion​R24.3 Billion​R26.8 Billion​R23.6 Billion
​Average length of stay per trip​4.8 nights​4.4 nights​4.0 nights​4.2 nights

 

Tourist Arrivals (2015)

​Source: 2014 SAT Table B - December 2014
Source: 2015 SAT Table B - December 2015

​Indicator20152014​Difference​%
Total Africa arrivals​6 746 114​7 279 814​-533 700​-7.3%
​Total overseas arrivals​2 144 9882 254 709​-109 721​-4.9%
​Grand Total​8 903 773​9 549 236​-645 463​-6.8%

 

Global Performance (2015)

​Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2016-01-18

Total global Tourist arrivals1.2 billion
​Total global Tourist percentage change %​4.4%
​Prediction for 20164%

 

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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