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The Tourism Satel­lite Ac­count (TSA) re­ported the fol­low­ing re­sults for South Africa: 1. Di­rect tourism con­tri­bu­tion to GDP in­creased 5% to R84.3bn in 2011. 2. Di­rect em­ploy­ment in the sec­tor as a per­cent­age of over­all em­ploy­ment in­creased from 4.3% to 4.5% be­tween 2010 and 2011. This was as a re­sult of the in­crease of about 31 000 di­rect jobs in the sec­tor from 2010 to a to­tal di­rect em­ploy­ment of 598 432 in 2011. 3. An in­crease of 3.3% in ex­pen­di­ture by for­eign tourists to R71.7bn. 4. The to­tal do­mes­tic tourism ex­pen­di­ture in­creased from R69bn in 2010 to R101bn in 2011.

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