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Tourism up in 2011

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Tourist arrivals to SA increase 3,3%

International tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 3,3% percent last year with over 8-million visitors, according to Minister of Tourism Martinus van Schalkwyk.

According to van Schalkwyk there were 8 339 354 arrivals to SA in 2011. This was proof, he said, that the tourism industry had built on the awareness of the 2010 World Cup and had not become complacent.

If you exclude the arrivals for the 2010 world cup (310 000), tourist arrivals in 2011 increased by 7,4%, he said.

This is compared to the global increase of 4,4%

“We are therefore extremely happy with the 2011 tourist statistics and optimistic about the potential for future growth in South Africa’s tourism industry,” said van Schalkwyk.

Marketing the country to fellow BRICS members India and China would continue to be a priority, he added.

“We are hopeful that arrivals from China will benefit from the launch of direct flights between Johannesburg and Beijing by SAA in January this year.”

Source: www.bizpremises.co.za