Zuma welcomes tourism figures

2012-10-15 19:12

Johannesburg - Reports that tourist arrivals to South Africa have grown in the first six months of the year was welcome news, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"Our tourism strategy is proving to be successful. We congratulate the tourism industry, both the informal and formal sectors, as well as the department of tourism," he said in a statement.

The president commended South Africans for being warm hosts to visitors from abroad.

"Without the display of that special South African warmth and hospitality, tourists would not be coming in such great numbers to our country."

Zuma called on South Africans to promote the country when they traveled abroad.

"We have a great country, we must work together to make the world realise its full potential and boost economic growth and job creation through tourism."

Tourist arrivals to South Africa grew 10.5% over the first six months of this year, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Sunday.

"We are very encouraged to see that our carefully formulated tourism growth strategy to increase tourist arrivals to South Africa is yielding the desired results."

According to Statistics SA, South Africa attracted 4 416 373 tourists between January and June 2012, compared to 3 996 760 arrivals for the same period in 2011.

The tourism industry experienced particularly strong growth in overseas tourist arrivals, recording 17.1% growth in arrivals from outside the African continent.

A total of 1 163 477 overseas tourist arrivals were recorded for the first six months of 2012, compared to 993 364 for the corresponding period in 2011.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 19:23

    Did "KORTBROEK" tell you this???? I have international visitors that come over from October! They have cancelled their trips! Wipe that brown stuff of your mouth! Fire KORTBROEK. He is, like the rest of you, lying! I reckon to join cANCer, you need to do a degree in "LYING, CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM" and the list goes on!

      raj.morar.1 - 2012-10-15 19:51

      You seem to know more than Minister Van Schalkwyk, why don't you post the "correct" figures.

      mholthuysen - 2012-10-15 20:01

      Raj - the entire process of Mr. Kortbroek and Home Affairs is flawed. Example - a British tourist travels to SA, Swaziland and Lesotho - he is recorded as Three Tourists. A German who lives in Cape Town and travels home 4 times a year - is recorded as 4 tourists. A Chinese who migrates to SA - is recorded as tourist... and I can go on... since the elimination of the entry forms (as people were followed from the airport and mugged) one has no indication who is a tourist and who is not.... for all that matters the aircrew of a scheduled flight is recorded as tourist....

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 20:02

      I have European friends that have been coming to the Cape for years. After the news of these thugs and lawlessness , they have cancelled their trips. Bottom line! They're afraid! THATS IT!!!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 20:03

      I am ONE!!! I dont know stats, I talk from PERSONAL experience!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 20:05

      Certainly not from statistics from cANCer! There is the truth and there's them!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 20:09

      Its like Zimbabwe's exports, exceed their imports from South Africa? Africa will NEVER have true statistics! And here's just another example of lies to keep a job! Kortbroek?

      boramk - 2012-10-15 20:56

      Calm down? You seem like you're going to pop a vessel. Sure, maybe some tourists are counted twice, but do you really think those figures, all 4.5 million "tourists" just 1 million people entering and leaving 4 or 5 times? Think of it this way, there are more and more hotels you see every year. It's bad business to open up shop when there are no prospects of profit. But the thing is, tourism is increasing. There were articles about American numbers increasing and Asian numbers increasing (European numbers were either stagnant or increased very little if I remember correctly). So instead of being an upset little man be happy that people overseas are taking in interest in our country. Seriously.

      mholthuysen - 2012-10-16 09:47

      @ Boramk - that explains why over 50 hotels have shut the doors in South Africa since the World Cup - business truly must be booming. The problem is with South Africa that people do not like to see reality, including government - fiction is soooo much better to sell to people, and the sad truth is that everyone even believes it...

      boramk - 2012-10-16 16:02

      50? Please cite your source

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-10-15 19:25

    another reason to steal more!

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-15 19:29

    Minutes after Zille's call for a debate, Zuma saves South Africa with a miraculous report on tourism. Numb-nut!!!

  • gerry.gee.39 - 2012-10-15 19:29

    Of course he does! Katching!! More money to be diverted to him and his cronies.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-10-15 19:34

    Unbelievable.... yes if you include the refugees who swim from Zimbabwe, shoppers who cross the border from Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique you have an increase in tourism. another political propaganda ploy as if one looks at the numbers clearly the tourism - and a tourist is a person who comes to South Africa to travel and experience - are DOWN. No Mr. Kortbroek a refugee is not a tourist....!

  • garth.labuschagne - 2012-10-15 19:35

    Of course tourism is going to grow! I would also start choosing holiday destinations where my currency is a lot more valuable than it was a few years ago. The weaker the rand the more tourists will choose SA. It is quite logical if you think about it, oh wait that would require our fearless leader to think! My bad.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-10-15 19:36

    And PS - did we not have a record year 2011 too - the entire spin off from the World Cup???? I might remind the honorable KortLiar with the clueless Zooooma that we once had 1,6 Million international tourists.... so what is there to celebrate!!!!???

  • hendrikvs - 2012-10-15 19:37

    Can one believe any of the statistics released by government?

      werner.m.strydom - 2012-10-15 21:06

      Most certainly not. On a side note, it is blatantly obvious how Zuma is almost exclusively reserving public comment only for positive statistics and positive developments - such as the tourism figures (skew as they may be), and the SKA project. He certainly seems to be choosing to distance himself from political/economical/social debates in which there is NOT room for him to catch some shine. Bloody pathetic excuse of a leader.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-15 19:46

    Is this figure inclusive of the African tourists?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-15 19:46

    Chinese 'tourists' yes....but most don't go back home!!!

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-15 20:00

    Zoom Zoom, with you and the ANC at the helm, this country will never realize its full potential. time to get your snout out the trough and wake up to that fact

  • toerien - 2012-10-15 20:06

    It is blatantly clear why we have all the "overseas" visitors - they looooove the value of their money versus ours - makes for a cheap holiday and now we have been downgraded by the international community, yet again, the value shall still fall more(Thanks to the ANC) so an even cheaper holiday!!!!! It is the only reason why!!!!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 20:16

    @Mike - Exactly!!!! Its about inbound and out bound. Sounds good, but hell, is certainly IS NOT! We have picked up, no question, but after these hideous, inhumane, riots, close to the 80's, has certainly put SA as a dangerous place to visit currently! Kortbroek can lie to a gullible Zuma, but I know from experience, its devastating! KORTBROEK! RESIGN!!! Together with 90% more liars of your cANCer party!

      mholthuysen - 2012-10-15 20:39

      Agreed it is propaganda, more propaganda and more propaganda - and the "sheep" believe it. Well newsflash - I was involved in the tourism industry in SA for over 20 years - I packed my bags last month as there is no more tourism industry.... the days of "Madiba Magic" and the bloom or the "Rainbow Nation" are long buried... and what the tourism industry in SA has now is to compete against the rest of the world; which in terms of prices SA cannot; Bad news on a day to day basis; and an ineffective marketing department both locally and national which is filled with political appointees... most of which think tourism is something you can eat... but that is the reality of cANCer and Co....

  • bcluley - 2012-10-15 20:55

    The majority of them go to cape town! Mmmmmm i wonder why. Theres no cANCer there

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-15 21:11

    Liar...not after strikes violets in the country go to hell liar jacob Zuma

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-16 01:44

    So nice of Zuma to welcome the figures, he sure hasn't done anything to deserve them.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-16 07:39

    I can see Zuma rubbing his hands together in! The only thing this man seems to understand...and he wants more of it. Much more!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-16 07:45

    Please, do not count those crossing the border from Moz and Zim as tourists. Illegals from north of us are not tourists but often criminals. Answers mr president please.

  • larsanders.larsson.5 - 2012-10-16 20:28

    I am a Swedish tourist who Lowe's our country.Bout i got afraid when i heard about farm attack,robbery,car napping. I AM NOTT ALONE.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 07:02

      Well go home. I was robbed in Italy 27 years ago.....there are thieves everywhere. Sorry to point this out sir, but you guys come here and for some reason leave all your normal caution at home. This is not la la land, you HAVE to lock valuables away etc.....not walk in empty 'spaces'.....tsei.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 06:58

    One can find the stats if you go to the SA Tourism site. Mostly they show the cross border figures, which are very high. I was in tourism for many years, in my estimation, tourism is in a bad way across the board. Locals are taking shorter holidays; they are looking at cheaper options, i.e. self catering, camping etc. Mister Kortbrook is an idiot....Moosa was one of the best tourism ministers we ever had.

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