South Africa: Tourism Stats Point out Journey to Restoration

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Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille says the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly left a dent within the tourism trade, however the resilient sector is recovering.

“South Africa affords travellers unparalleled magnificence and affordability, making it an irresistible vacation spot,” De Lille stated when addressing a media briefing on the sidelines of Africa’s Journey Indaba, which is underway in Durban.

De Lille stated the sector is geared to catapult inbound tourism numbers past pre-COVID-19 ranges.

“Attaining this monumental purpose requires a united entrance: authorities, non-public sector, and all tourism stakeholders becoming a member of forces to redefine the journey expertise in our beloved nation.”

She stated 2022 heralded a resurgence, with almost 5.8 million guests gracing South Africa’s shores, together with 4 million from Africa. This was a 152.6% enhance from 2021.

“We’re not fairly on the 10 million arrivals of 2019 however relaxation assured, our tireless collaboration with the non-public sector and Africa will take us there and past very quickly.

“Because the world reawakens, vacationers are flocking again to South Africa, enticed by our unparalleled pure magnificence and the heat of our folks. We’re broadcasting a transparent message – South Africa is open for tourism, welcoming enterprise, and eagerly awaiting vacationers from throughout Africa and the globe.”

De Lille stated the world is rediscovering South Africa, and can that won’t solely attain however will surpass pre-COVID numbers.