Stats SA reveals more than 10 million foreign tourists visited SA in 2016

South Africa's tourism numbers have gone up according to Stats SA data which shows that more than 10 million foreign tourists arrived in the country in 2016, up from 8.9 million in 2015.

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, CEO, Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) says the increase in tourism numbers is a result of a number of changes to the immigration regulations introduced in 2014, following recommendations by the inter-ministerial committee on immigration regulation, as well as the bio metric regulations which have been reversed.

The biggest thing is that we are seen as a very safe destination.

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) CEO

Tshivengwa adds that South Africa is a value for money destination which is what attracts visitors to the country. He says the traditional markets have rebounded and altered their perceptions of South Africa. He also says there are also some new markets making their way to South Africa. Tshivengwa explains that it is important to analyse the numbers contextually.

The number of people coming into the country, do they contribute to the tourism economy or the economy at large?

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) CEO

Tshivengwa adds that it should be evaluated on how and where tourists spend their money, be it on hotels or on attractions.

We are an important sector and we want to continue to create more jobs. It would be nice to create 1 million jobs in the next five years.

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) CEO

Tshivengwa says he does worry about the shortcomings of tourism especially in domestic travel. He explains that when an economy doesn't do well domestic tourism becomes heavily impacted.

Listen here:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Istanbul: A melting pot of cultures

Istanbul: A melting pot of cultures

Founder and creator of Mzansi Girl travel blog, Meruschka Govender talks to Azania about her Istanbul experience.

Art deco buildings make Springs an architectural tourism destination

Art deco buildings make Springs an architectural tourism destination

The style of visual arts architecture has become part of a few impromptu tours by Jeffrey Cole in the underrated East Rand.

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department will respond to all Zimbabweans under special dispensation.

Domestic tourism still a challenge in SA

Domestic tourism still a challenge in SA

President Zuma announced that Durban will host the newly re branded Africa's Travel Indaba over the next five years.

Economic Opportunities Minister takes to the road on a seven day bicycle tour

Economic Opportunities Minister takes to the road on a seven day bicycle tour

Cross Cape is an initiative of the Project Khulisa growth strategy says MEC Alan Winde.

Popular articles
Stealthing: a form of rape, says Dr Tlaleng

Stealthing: a form of rape, says Dr Tlaleng

'Stealthing' is the act of discreetly removing the condom without the knowledge or consent of the other party during sex.

Afroworld View employees left jobless, as DStv shuts it down

Afroworld View employees left jobless, as DStv shuts it down

CWU says 350 workers from Afroworld View will be paid at the end of the month even though the channel has closed.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.