MORE THAN 680,000 PEOPLE EMPLOPYED IN SOUTH AFRICA’S TOURISM SECTOR

PRETORIA– South Africa’s tourism sector employed 686,596 persons in 2016, says Statistician-General Risenga Malulek, who notes that this is an increase of 2.7 per cent or nearly 18,000 employees compared with the previous year.

According to Statistics South Africa, the tourism sector’s share of total employment also increased from 4.2 per cent in 2015 to 4.4 per cent in 2016 and directly contributed 2.9 per cent to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.

Releasing the Tourism Satellite Report (TSA) at a media briefing here Monday, Maluleke said there were 15.12 million non-resident visitors to South Africa in 2016 compared with 13.95 million in 2015 and 14.53 million in 2014. Of the total non-resident visitors in 2016, 5.077 million were same-day visitors and 10.04 million were tourists.

The tourism direct gross domestic product (TDGDP) increased from 108.683 million Rand )abbout 9.33 billion US dollars) in 2015 to 125,136 million Rand (about 10.74 billion USD) in 2016, an increase of 15.1 per cent.

Maluleke said inbound tourism expenditure totalling 121.4 billion Rand was recorded in 2016. The main expenditure items were non-specific products (28.1 per cent), accommodation (15 pct), connected products (13.4 pct) and road passenger transport services (11.9 pct).

Domestic tourism expenditure totalling 144.358 billion Rand (including the domestic portion of outbound tourism expenditure) was recorded in 2016, Maluleke said, adding that the main expenditure items were road passenger transport services (27.8 pct), non-specific products (17.3 pct), accommodation (14.8 pct) and air passenger transport services (14.3 pct).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK