European visitors to Swaziland increase by 17 percent

..tourists from Africa over 1.1 million

The rate of which visitors from Europe arrived in Swaziland soared by 17 percent in 2014, as over 100 000 Europeans visited the country as opposed to 85 000 the previous year. 

This was revealed by the Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) and the Department of Immigration. 

In their 2014 Arrivals by Country Report, STA said the overall rate of inbound tourists’ arrivals grew by a significant 2 percent in 2014, as 1 324 621 visitors were recorded, as opposed to 1 298 803 the previous year. 

Of the total, 1 177 815 were from Africa, marking 0.7 percent increase from the previous year’s 1 169 823. 

From this region, South Africa had the most number of visitors at 856 492, although marking a decrease from the 2013 figure of 875 632 of South Africans who visited Swaziland. 

About 219 555 Mozambicans visited Swaziland in 2014, up from 213 827 in 2013, and thirdly was Zimbabwe with 58 624 up from 39 253 in 2013.

However, Europe had the largest increase at 16. 8 percent, with 100 308 visitors arriving into the country in 2014, as opposed to 85 905 in 2013.  

The European country that had the greatest number of visitors to Swaziland was Germany, followed by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with 21 669, 17 874, and 15 813 visitors respectively. 

Meanwhile, the second highest increase was the North and South American region, which recorded an increase of 9.1 percent. 22 685 Americans visited Swaziland in 2014, an increase from 20 784 the previous year. 17 359 of these came from the United States of America. 

Asia and Australia recorded the third highest increase in arrivals, with 8.9 percent. About 18 445 visitors from that region came to Swaziland in 2014, as opposed to 16 934 in 2013. 

Meanwhile, the Middle East region recorded the least increase, with 0.2 percent. 5 369 visitors from that region visited Swaziland in 2014, as compared to 5 357 in 2013. Of these, 4 242 came from Pakistan. 

Source: Observer