For the past12 months, South Africa welcomed 10,29 million foreign tourists (visitors who stayed overnight) in 2017. This is up only 2,4% over 2016.
Lee-Anne Bac, Director, advisory services at Grant Thornton says: “This increase is unfortunately underwhelming and significantly below the global average of 7%.”
The number of overseas tourists (2,7 million) is up 7,2% in 2017, this good growth was driven by excellent performance in the first half of the year.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, Stats SA reveals that the number of overseas tourists increased by only 3,7% - and this figure was driven down by a dismal increase of less than 1% in December 2017.
“We attribute the dramatic decline at the end of the year to the impact of the water crisis in Cape Town, coupled with South Africa’s strengthening currency,” continues Bac.