Domestic tourism drops due to financial pinch

With South Africa's economic woes, it is unsurprising to see that fewer people are travelling domestically.

Stats SA just released the 2016 domestic travel survey results. It confirms that domestic travel has been declining.

EWN reporter Barry Bateman says that the result shows the decline in domestic travel has been happening for the last two years. The main reasons for this is a stagnant economy and a re-prioritisation of consumer spending.

The figures show that overnight trips went down from 45 million in 2015 to 43 million last year, and day trips down from 44 million in 2015 to 39 million last year.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

When you breakdown the demographics, Bateman reports that white people did the most day trips and overnight trips. The stats show that 65% of while people went on day trips, and 90% went on overnight trips.

With black South Africans, 25% went on day trips and 43% on overnight trips.

Bateman says the main reason for overnight trips is to visit friends and family, with leisure coming in second and funerals coming in third.

Among the reasons provided for not travelling, 37% was final reasons. People are feeling the pinch.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

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