BY THE NUM­BERS: TOURISM FOR THE WIN

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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

work­ers.

mil­lion 15,8

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