Minister Malusi Gigaba has made the distinction between travel to South Africa and tourism in the country, as the Home Affairs Department celebrates increased numbers.
Gigaba on Thursday explained that the latest figures released by the department reflect increased travel to South Africa and did not include domestic tourism.
The minister said the number of tourists who still choose South Africa as a holiday destination was impressive.
Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:
The figures we released are traveller numbers, we did not say these are tourism figures.— Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs
Tourism figures will include South Africans who were touring the country this festive season. So the number of tourists may be even higher, considering.— Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs
Traveller numbers show a consistent pattern of increase year on year. They increased quite significantly over the festive season.— Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs