BY THE NUMBERS: TOURISM FOR THE WIN
We’re all proud of SA and are aware that tourism plays a pivotal role in our economy – but exactly how important is this sector? The latest release of Statistics SA’s annual Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa
report breaks down the sector’s contribution as follows:
– the percentage tourism contributed directly to SA’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. Tourism contributes more to our GDP than agriculture, but less than industries such as construction and mining.
new jobs were added to the economy by tourism from 2012-2016 – more than other key industries such as trade and utilities (electricity, gas and water), as well as manufacturing (which reported a net loss of 125 000 jobs during the same period). Tourism’s employees outnumber the respective workforces of utilities
(118 000 employees) and mining
(444 000 employees).
2,9% 40 000 686 596
In 2016, total employment in SA (both formal and informal) numbered