Saturday, March 6, 2010

Foreign Visitors to South Africa Increased in 2009

The amount of foreign visitors to South Africa saw a 3.6% increase in 2009, and that figure is expected to see a similar rise in 2010 -- mainly due to the World Cup.

"This defies the decline of four percent that the global travel industry experienced last year as traveller markets reeled from the effects of the global financial crisis. I believe it strongly reaffirms the vitality of our tourism industry," [Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said].

Tourism contributes more than 8 percent to South Africa's economy and the government plans to raise that to more than 10 percent in the next few years.

SA foreign visitors rise, World Cup to boost
Independent Online
March 4, 2010