Tourism contributed 1.5 million jobs and R425.8bn in SA

IOL | April 03, 2019

Travel and tourism in South Africa contributed 1.5 million jobs and R425.8bn to the economy in 2018, representing 8.6% of all economic activity in the country and making SA the largest tourism economy in Africa, according to an annual review by the World Travel & Tourism Council. For over 25 years, the WTTC, which represents the global private sector of travel and tourism, has compared the travel and tourism sector across 185 countries.According to the review, the industry was primarily driven by leisure travellers (64%). About 44% of the tourism spend came from international travellers and 56% from domestic travel.

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This infographic from Complete Holiday Homes takes a look at United Kingdom holidaymakers, including where they like to go and what they do with their time abroad.

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This infographic from Complete Holiday Homes takes a look at United Kingdom holidaymakers, including where they like to go and what they do with their time abroad.

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T-Mobile | September 26, 2022

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