South African tourism statistics remain flat

Overseas tourist numbers to South Africa are almost identical to last year’s August numbers, according to the August 2019 Tourism and Migrations Statistics report published by Statistics SA.

August saw a drop in travellers from Europe and Australasia, while North America, the Middle East and Central and South America saw an increase. Asia has remained flat.

Year-to-date comparisons (Jan to Aug cumulative tourist numbers) mirror the Europe and Australasia August fall-off with a decrease of 34 427 (3.4%), and 3 217 (3.8%) in traveller numbers respectively.

The Middle East market has had the best year-to-date performance so far with a growth of 1 856 travellers or 5.4% growth.

Asia has grown by 1% or 2 100 travellers year-to-date, while North America as well as South and Central America remain flat.

Overseas tourist numbers have dropped overall year-to-date by 34 093 tourists or 2%.

Source: Tourism Update

View the full report from Stats SA here