Soccer fillip for 2010 tourism
Johannesburg - Tourist arrivals to South Africa increased to more than eight million in 2010, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday.
"We are delighted with these strong growth figures, particularly as it comes so soon after a global economic recession," Van Schalkwyk said at a media briefing in parliament.
According to the figures, tourist arrivals rose to 8 073 552 compared with 7 011 865 in 2009.
The "particularly good growth" in tourist arrivals figures was boosted by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Van Schalkwyk said.
"South Africa in fact recorded a peak in tourist arrivals in June and July 2010, which is traditionally our low season.
"From the results of our survey on arrivals during the World Cup, we know that more than 309 000 tourists arrived in South Africa for the primary purpose of the World Cup.
"The World Cup arrivals therefore represent about 4% of the total arrivals for 2010."
Van Schalkwyk said the legacy of the tournament was a major boost for the industry as it had "cemented a foundation for sustained investment and growth".
"Considerable work has already begun across the sector as we now look to maintain the momentum and interest in our valued, world class destination," he said.
Van Schalkwyk said, however, that the growth was not driven only by the World Cup, as the figures showed that tourist arrival performance in 2010 exceeded that of 2009 across all 12 months of the year.
Tourist arrivals from the Americas grew the fastest, followed by Asia and Australasia.
The UK, USA, Germany, the Netherlands and France remain the top five overseas source markets.
Notable countries where "considerable tourism" growth to South Africa was recorded in 2010 include India, China, Brazil and Nigeria.
Once again 'ol kortbroek tells us lies about the tourist figures leading to more investments going sour!! Why doesnt this buffoon ever split the numbers into international tourists and economic tourists...that being those who cross the border to do shopping like the millions of Zimbabweans do every year. In reality, less than 2.5 million real paying toursts arrive in SA and that number is not enough to sustain our fragile hotel industry. We should rather rename 'ol kortbroek the minister of bulldust and lies!!
Oh nonsense man. We all now the figures are less then 500 000. Yes, for the whole year. Who else, in their right mind, would want to come to the Banana Republic.
2010 was one of the worst ever years for tourism. Until SA TOURISM stops lying to the country we will never progress to achieve our goals of having tourism as a major driver of economic recovery and jobs.
Counting starving Zimbos, swazis and others as tourists is nonsense.
Great! Ansevery peasant from Lesotho who crosses to Ficksburg for a bag of mealie meal is counted as a tourist!
.....and with each new report/analysis/blathering, the number rises.................
Don't ever believe a word this Kortboek is telling. I've been in the industry for a very long time and 2010 has been the worst year EVER !!!
Are you morons really so desperate to wallow in your own hatred and negativity, or are you ACTUALLY this stupid?
Even counting out all African tourism, the numbers and growth of overseas tourists is phenomenal. And has been for 5 years now.
As for www 'who else would want to come to the banana republic' - why do you bother showing everyone what an idiot you are - they all know anyway.
Obviously hundreds of thousands of Americans, Germans, French, Danes and other Europeans disagree with you.