JOHANNESBURG - Nearly 3.4 million travellers, including those arriving in the country, departing or in transit to other places passed through South African ports in June, the national statistics agency said on Monday, citing routine data collected by department of home affairs immigration officers.
In its latest monthly tourism and immigration report, Statistics South Africa said foreign arrivals increased by 0.3 percent year-on-year to more than 1.16 million in June, but were down 4.1 percent from May.
It said the majority of tourists in June -- 712,168 or 97 percent, were in South Africa for holiday, compared with 2.5 percent who came for business, 0.5 percent for study and 0.1 percent who were in the country for medical treatment.
The majority of African tourists, 564,488 or 97.5 percent, came to South Africa for holiday.
Of these, 553,296 or 97.8 percent of visitors from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries were on holiday, compared with 84.6 percent or 11,192 tourists from other African countries who came for the same purpose.