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SA tourism growth on the up and up
Tourist arrivals in South Africa are continuing on their growth trajectory, according to the latest release from Statistics SA. More than 760,000 tourists arrived in the country in May this year, 11% more than in May 2015.
This brings the total tourist arrivals for January to May 2016 to over 4.2 million, which is an increase of 15.7% compared to the same period last year - more than three times the average annual global growth rates experienced in international tourism.
“The continuing growth in international tourist arrivals is wonderful news for the tourism sector,” says Minister Derek Hanekom. “It will have a multiplier effect on the many industries that support tourism, so it’s good news for the wider economy as well.