Making SA safe for our visitors
Tourism is a key sector for South Africa – driving transformation, employment and economic growth.
For the seventh consecutive year, the global travel and tourism sector has outperformed the global economy. In 2017 it was the fastest growing broad economic sector globally, showing stronger growth than all sectors including manufacturing (4.2%), retail and wholesale (3.4%), agriculture, forestry and fisheries (2.6%) and financial services (2.5%).
Global research shows that for every 30 tourists, one new job is created (World Economic Forum (WEF): Travel and Tourism competitiveness report 2017).
Tourism is one of the country’s most vibrant and exciting spheres of the economy to operate in.
Tourism supports some 700 000 direct jobs in South Africa, with 1 in 23 employed individuals working in South Africa’s tourism sector.
Tourism in South Africa contributes 3% directly to GDP. When all the related industries that feed into the tourism ecosystem are factored in, the figures are much higher.
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