The Mercury



NEARLY 3.4 million travellers, including those arriving in the country, departing or in transit to other places passed through South African ports in June, the national statistics agency said yesterday, citing routine data collected by Department of Home Affairs immigratio­n officers. In its latest monthly tourism and immigratio­n report, Statistics South Africa said foreign arrivals increased by 0.3 percent year-onyear to more than 1.16 million in June, but were down 4.1 percent from May. It said the majority of tourists in June – 712 168, or 97 percent – were in South Africa for holiday, compared with 2.5 percent who came for business, 0.5 percent for study and 0.1 percent who were in the country for medical treatment. The majority of African tourists – 564 488, or 97.5 percent – came to South Africa for holiday. Of these, 553 296, or 97.8 percent of visitors from Southern African Developmen­t Community (SADC) countries were on holiday, compared with 84.6 percent or 11 192 tourists from other African countries who came for the same purpose. Business persons constitute­d 11.4 percent of tourists from the rest of Africa and

1.8 percent from SADC countries, while students constitute­d 3.6 percent of arrivals from the rest of the continent and 0.3 percent from South Africa’s SADC neighbours in June. During the month, medical treatment tourists accounted for 0.4 percent of visitors to South Africa from the rest of the continent, while 0.1 percent constitute­d those from SADC countries. | African News Agency (ANA)

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