• South Africa
    5.5 million travellers visit South Africa over festive season

    A total of 5 504 022 people travelled across South Africa’s borders between 9 December 2016 and 14 January 2017, says Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. This marks an increase of 200 467 movements, or 3.78 percent, at the ports of entry nationally when compared to the corresponding period over the previous holiday season. “The 2016/17 festive season […]

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    Tourism is a main driver of the Economy

    Tourism is becoming a very important driver of economic growth, creating more and more jobs and business opportunities, especially in developing countries, says Tourism Minister Dereck Hanekom. Speaking at the World Tourism Day event held in the Free State, Minister Hanekom said last year, more than 1.2 billion people left their home countries to follow […]

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    Millions of South Africans stop travelling

    Four million South Africans stopped travelling in 2014 compared to 2013, Statistics South Africa revealed in its report on domestic travel. Stats SA said its study found that the number of day trips decreased from 54 million in 2013 to 48 million in 2014, while overnight trips decreased from about 51 million in 2013 to […]

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    Hotel occupancy falls, but income from accommodation is up

    Hotel occupancy in South Africa fell to 48,2% in June 2015, according to preliminary figures in Stats SA’s latest Tourist accommodation release. The hotel occupancy rate followed a seasonal pattern by falling in June after peaking in both October (62,4%) and February (60,6%). However, hotels had proportionally fewer rooms filled in June compared with the same month […]

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    35 000 San rock art paintings in Drakensberg

    South Africa’s uKhahlamba-Drakensberg houses a treasure trove of an estimated 35 000 examples of San rock paintings, is home to protected plant and animal species, and contains a high-altitude wetland system. South Africa features many mountain ranges, none more impressive than KwaZulu-Natal’s 200 km long uKhahlamba-Drakensberg escarpment. With peaks that exceed 3 000m, the Berg […]

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    E-Visas will grow tourism

    The introduction of e-visas will serve not only to grow tourism volumes but will also create new job opportunities, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Sunday. “There are opportunities to accelerate the creation of regional visa schemes. This would allow our international visitors and intra-African travellers to move more freely and efficiently, to the […]

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