Statistics South Africa releases Tourism Satellite Account report

Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa, final 2014 and provisional 2015 and 2016

The Tourism Satellite Account report released by Statistics South Africa today indicate that the tourism sector directly employed 686 596 persons in 2016, an increase of 2,7% or 17 945 employees compared with 2015. The tourism share of total employment increased from 2015 (4,2%) to 2016 (4,4%).

There were 15 121 328 non-resident visitors to South Africa in the year 2016 compared with 13 951 901 in 2015 and 14 529 542 in 2014. Of the 15 121 328 non-resident visitors in 2016, 5 077 165 (or 33, 6%) were same-day visitors and 10 044 163 (or 66,4%) were tourists.

The report further shows that tourism direct gross value added (TDGVA) increased from R99 348 million in 2015 to R114 850 million in 2016 (15,6% increase). Tourism direct gross domestic product (TDGDP) increased from R108 683 million in 2015 to R125 136 million in 2016 (15,1% increase).

Inbound tourism expenditure totalling R121 400 million was recorded in 2016. The main expenditure items were non-specific products (28,1%), accommodation for visitors (15,0%), connected products (13,4%) and road passenger transport services (11,9%).

Domestic tourism expenditure totalling R144 358 million (including the domestic portion of outbound tourism expenditure) was recorded in 2016. The main expenditure items were road passenger transport services (27,8%), non-specific products (17,3%), accommodation for visitors (14,8%) and air passenger transport services (14,3%).

The total internal tourism consumption in cash for South Africa in 2016 was R265 758 million (inbound tourism consumption R121 400 million [45,7%] and domestic tourism consumption R144 358 million [54,3%]). The main expenditure items for internal tourism were non-specific products (22,2%), road passenger transport services (20,5%), accommodation for visitors (14,9%) and air passenger transport services (13,2%).

For tourism consumption (expenditure), the trends in 2016 (compared with 2015) were:

Tourism exports (inbound tourism expenditure) increased by 11,6 % to R121 400 million compared with 1,9% growth in the previous period;

Tourism imports (outbound tourism expenditure) increased by 8,0% to R78 493 million compared with 6,3% growth in the previous period;

Domestic tourism expenditure increased by 17,6% to R144 358 million compared with an 8,4% decline in the previous period; and Internal tourism expenditure increased by 14,8% to R265 758 million compared with a 3,8% decline in the previous period.

Source: Government of South Africa