International arrivals show marginal increase in August

Statistics SA’s most recent tourism and migration report, reflecting on arrival numbers for August, reveals that arrivals are up at 2,29%, with year-to-date figures indicating a -1,33% decline in overseas arrivals.

The routine data collected by the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) immigration officers at the ports of entry into South Africa shows that a total of 3 554 656 travellers (arrivals, departures and transits) passed through South African ports of entry in August 2018.

A comparison between the movements in August 2017 and August 2018 indicates that the volume of arrivals and departures increased for South African residents and for foreign travellers. Travellers in transit decreased for South African residents but increased for foreign travellers.

Meanwhile, a comparison between the movements in July 2018 and August 2018 indicates that the volume of arrivals decreased for South African residents but increased for foreign travellers. Departures and transits increased for both groups of travellers.

In August 2018, the distribution of overseas tourists was as follows: Europe, 121 751 (57,0%); North America, 38 467 (18,0%); Asia, 26 548 (12,4%); Australasia, 12 557 (5,9%); Central and South America, 9 034 (42%) and the Middle East, 5 404 (2,5%).

The ten leading overseas countries in terms of the number of tourists visiting South Africa in August 2018 were:

The United States of America (USA), 33 773 (15,8%);
United Kingdom (UK), 30 967 (14,5%);
Germany, 20 130 (9,4%);
France, 14 528 (6,8%);
The Netherlands, 13 315 (6,2%);
Italy, 12 060 (5,6%),
Australia, 11 226 (5,3%);
China, 8 347 (3,9%);
Spain, 7 000 (3,3%) and
India, 6 896 (3,2%).

Tourists from these ten countries constituted 74,0% of all tourists from overseas countries.

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