The most popular city in South Africa for international travelers is Johannesburg. In 2018 it reached the 54th place of the world's most popular cities with 4.12 million tourists.
On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 835 US Dollars.
Development of the tourism sector in South Africa from 1995 to 2018
The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in South Africa each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.
Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 5 countries in Southern Africa.
Revenues in tourism
In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.65 billion USD, or about 1.7 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 4.49 million tourists at that time and roughly 591 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 9.79 billion USD, accounting for 2.7 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 935 USD for his holiday in South Africa.
All data for South Africa in detail
All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.